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Berberis thunbergii

Submitted by Linda Rohleder on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:21


Terrestrial Plant
Species (Common): 
Japanese barberry

Berberis thunbergii: Japanese barberry

Plant Identification:

  • Growth form: dense deciduous shrub that grows  up to 8 ft tall
  • Leaf: glaucescent underneath, spatulate or narrowly obovate in shape, and are .5-1.5 in. long. They range in color from slightly bluish-green to green to dark reddish purple
  • Flower: pale yellow profuse flowers located along the entire length of the stem
  • Fruit: bright red berries 7-9 mm. in length and are elliptic to nearly globose in form. Juicy but solid, and persist until the following spring

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