- Common Name(s):
- Japanese barberry
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:
- strawberry bush, Euonymus americanus
- shrubby St. Johnswort, Hypericum prolificum
- winterberry, Ilex verticillata
- deerberry, Vaccinium stamineum
- mapleleaf viburnum, Viburnum acerifolium
Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement
- 3-6 ft.
- Alternate, simple, bright green leaves; .5 to 1.3 in. long; narrow at base; bright red to orange fall color
- .3- to .5-in., pale yellow flowers in spring; often hidden under the foliage; .3-in., bright red berries in fall, persisting into winter
- 5 to 8
- Sun to partial shade; tolerates range of soil types; dislikes wet feet
- Medium to fine
- Dense, rounded shrub with numerous branches
- 4-7 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1419