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Berberis thunbergii

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Description

Berberis thunbergii is a dense, rounded shrub with numerous branches. It easy to transplant and dislikes wet feet. This plant has medium to fine texture. Berberis thunbergii can be used as specimen, hedge, or as barrier planting. 

Birds that eat the Berberis thunbergii berries rapidly spread the seeds into shaded woodlands, open fields and wetlands. It is native to Asia and was first introduced into The United States in 1864 as an ornamental. It is still widely planted for landscaping and hedges.

Alternatives that are not as weedy:

Seed: Berry 

Cultivars:
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#red#fall#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#orange#spring#shrub#red berries#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#woodland garden#spring flowers#urban#playground#deer damage#deer resistant#fields#children's garden#urban conditions#winter garden#winter#orange fall color#wetland#red fall color#winter berries
Cultivars:
Tags:
#red#fall#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#partial shade#drought tolerant#orange#spring#shrub#red berries#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#woodland garden#spring flowers#urban#playground#deer damage#deer resistant#fields#children's garden#urban conditions#winter garden#winter#orange fall color#wetland#red fall color#winter berries
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Berberis
    Species:
    thunbergii
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds that eat the Berberis thunbergii berries rapidly spread the seeds into shaded woodlands, open fields and wetlands.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerates drought, urban conditions, range of soil types, slightly salt tolerant; seldom damaged by deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has .3-in., bright red berries in fall, persisting into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has .3- to .5-in., pale yellow flowers in spring that are often hidden under the foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has alternate, simple, and bright green leaves that are .5 to 1.3 in. long and narrow at the base. The leaves have bright red to orange fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt
    Urban Conditions