Saturday, May 2, 2009

Crimson Pygmy Barberry, Barberry Pigmeo Carmesi, Berberis Thumbergii 'Atropupurea Nana'

Crimson Pygmy Barberry,
Barberry Pigmeo Carmesi,
Berberis Thumbergii 'Atropupurea Nana'

It's the most popular Japanese Barberry deciduous plant, the leaves are vivid purplish-red. It gives an excellent color contrast to the landscape, and usually used as low hedge or border. Leaf drop during winter. It's leafless to increase the effectiveness of pollination early spring. The absence of leaves improves wind transmission of pollen for wind-pollinated plants, and increases the visibility of the flowers to insects in insect-pollinated plants. Don't worry, it is deer resistant, almost care-free, only grows about 3 inches each year, and requires very little pruning. I plant it close to the windows and fence to give extra security protection/ prevent intrusion. This little beauty really bites!


  1. I planted one of these a couple of years ago and it has become huge! You're right, they are thorny little guys but so vibrant and robust they are worth the wounds.
    The Plant Lady

  2. They DO bite! Ha ha. We've had plenty of these. And you're right, they're very carefree.

  3. Aha! So that's what you guys refer to as Barberry! We just call it Berberis here!

    You learn something new every day!


  4. It's nice to know y'all enjoy the Barberry too, we all learn new something everyday, and it's a good thing!

  5. Dear Vuejardin, I like the leaves purplish-red. So charming. I have a similar looking plant in my garden. I like to have plants with purplish leaves. I love the colour. Yeah, gives excellent contrast with other foliages ;-)

  6. Stephanie, I like the purplish color too, it gives a vivid contrast in the garden.


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