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Berberis thunbergii

Common Name(s):
Japanese barberry
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; easy to transplant; can be used as specimen, hedge, or as barrier planting; tolerates urban conditions; this plant is seldom damaged by deer and is slightly salt tolerant.

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:

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Seed: Berry 

Height:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, bright green leaves; .5 to 1.3 in. long; narrow at base; bright red to orange fall color
Flower:
.3- to .5-in., pale yellow flowers in spring; often hidden under the foliage; .3-in., bright red berries in fall, persisting into winter
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil types; dislikes wet feet
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Dense, rounded shrub with numerous branches
Width:
4-7 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, play, playground, children’s garden, salt tolerant, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 1419

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