Barberry: Crimson Pygmy
This densely branched deciduous shrub is the most popular barberry. Its crimson, burgundy foliage has highlights of bright red in the new growth. This compact, low-growing hedge reaches 2 feet tall(3 feet wide). Performs best as a border plant and hedge, and because of its thorns, it can be used as a barrier to deter animals.
Amount of Sunlight: Full sun
Amount of Water: Water occasionally; more frequent watering in extreme heat; Drought tolerant
Soil Conditions: Prefers poor, sandy, well-drained soil
Cold Hardiness Zone: 4-8
This low-maintenance plant needs a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. The first year of growth requires watering weekly. After the mature root system is established, watering is needed occasionally, except during a drought, watering is needed regularly. Shear annually to maintain desired shape.