Plant Family Guides: Berberis - Barberries Plant-Family Guides
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry) is a compact, woody shrub with arching, slender, zig-zag branches bearing a single, sharp spine at each node below each rosette of leaves. The wedge-shaped leaves are untoothed, slightly blue-green to green to dark reddish purple, and borne in whorls or clusters. Some Japanese Barberry cultivars are spectacular additions to the landscape where they bring a strong color accent from spring to fall.
Some trees and shrubs display beautiful fruits in late summer or fall, which persist into winter. In a glorious display of crimson, orange, yellow or even purple, their attractive berries adorn their branches in eye-catching bouquets, which gleam like jewels in the soft sunlight.
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry) is listed in the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States. The federal government has estimated that nearly 25 percent of the 20,000 plant species native to North America are at risk of extinction, many of these through habitat loss. You can help reverse this trend by planting great native plants in your garden.
Red berries look cheerful on a winter day, sparkling in the sun or highlighted with a dusting of snow. Some trees and shrubs display beautiful fruits in late summer or fall, which persist into winter and attract hungry birds. In a glorious display of crimson, scarlet or vermillion, their attractive berries adorn their branches in eye-catching bouquets, which gleam like jewels in the soft sunlight. They make a terrific addition to any outdoor and indoor setting.
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