Crimson Cutie® Barberry

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 2 Feet
  • Mature Spread 3.5 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

This mounding shrub is part of the WorryFree® Non-invasive Collection, bred and tested to be non-invasive. Crimson Cutie® Barberry produces beautiful colors throughout the year—yellow flowers in the spring and deep purplish-red foliage year round. But it won’t produce unwanted, nuisance seedlings or spread to unwanted areas. Reaching up to 2 feet tall by 3.5 feet wide, this is a great addition to a mixed low hedge or border. 

Crimson Cutie® Barberry is part of a series of non-invasive Japanese barberries that were bred and tested by the University of Connecticut. It is low maintenance and can be used in hedges and borders. And you needn’t worry about deer with this evergreen shrub. It is also drought tolerant once established.

Crimson Cutie® Barberry Plant Care

Crimson Cutie® Barberry can take full or partial sun, but will do best in a sunny location to bring out its beautiful, deep purplish foliage color—a minimum of 7 hours of direct sunlight is recommended. It’s also adaptable to soil type, but does best in well-draining soils. Barberry grows best in an acidic to slightly alkaline soil between pH 6.0 and 7.5. Water your Crimson Cutie® Barberry immediately after planting, giving it a deep soak. During the growth season, you can allow the soil to dry out somewhat between waterings, as well-spaced, deep waterings are better than a little daily splash. Take care not to overwater in the winter when this shrub is semi-dormant. It is heat and drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in spring before new growth emerges. Use a slow-release shrub and tree fertilizer or natural, organic plant food. 

The Crimson Cutie® Barberry does not need pruning but responds well to it, forming a mound with a little clipping. Give it a light trim in late spring to enhance its shape. There is no need to trim after flowering. Damaged or stray branches can be removed anytime of year. Prune damaged branches at the point of breakage and dead branches at their origin.

Crimson Cutie® Barberry Plant Spacing

When planting en masse or as a single plant, space your barberry plants 3 feet apart from other plants, center to center. If growing as a hedge plant, space plants 24 inches apart, center to center.

Crimson Cutie® Barberry Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Bushes
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 2 Feet
Mature Spread: 3.5 Feet
Spacing: 3 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Evergreen, Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Birds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Hedges & Privacy, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Common Name: Crimson Cutie® Barberry
Other Name(s):
Scientific Name: Berberis WorryFree 'Crimson Cutie'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.