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About BERBERIS thunbergii atrop. ‘Crimson Pygmy’: Deciduous shrub reaching up to 24″ tall and about 30″ wide. Branches are slender, spiny, and small. Leaves are roundly oval in a deep red to purple color. Small, yellow flowers borne beneath leaves, from April to May, not showy. Bright red berries can be found along stems from late fall through winter. Ironically, this is never really considered a feature of this plant. ‘Crimson Pygmy’ is the most popular Japanese Barberry. Best located in full sun, this plant is tolerant of many types of soil, but will not do well in wet to very moist soils. As name Barberry implies, this makes an excellent hedge or filler shrub. Deer resistant. Zones 5 to 8.