Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

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Japanese Barberry
Shrub; 2-8’ tall. Common in floodplain forests and in open areas. Introduced as an ornamental for hedgerows.
Blooms mid-spring.
Identification:

  • Branches are grooved and have spines.
  • Pale yellow flowers are small and run along entire length of stem.
  • Produces bright red, oval berries that remain on stem through winter.
  • Shrubs are usually very dense.
The Problem:
Plants are highly shade tolerant, capable of forming dense, impenetrable stands in closed-canopy riverine forests. Spreads primarily by birds, especially turkeys.