Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


197

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Japan
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in GA & SC Piedmont)

Look for it in rich forests, old fields, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 sepals
6 petals
6 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Red
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Berberis thunbergii   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Berberis thunbergii   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 077-01-002:
Berberis thunbergii   FAMILY Berberidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Barberry


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JK Marlow    jkm150927_205

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Fruit a pendant red berry, borne singly or 2-3 per cluster, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm150927_207

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Single spines emerge from the point where leaf and branch join, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

picture of Berberis thunbergii, image of Berberis thunbergii

JK Marlow    jkm150927_208

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Small, smooth-edged leaves cluster close along branches, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

picture of Berberis thunbergii, image of Berberis thunbergii

Paul Thompson    pstberberis_thunbergii

September?        

The leaves are reddish-purple; the wood is yellow. — Clemson Extension

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org    bug_1237091b

Month Unknown        

Inflorescences umbellate, 1-5 flowered, 1-1.5cm, per Flora of North America.

picture of Berberis thunbergii, image of Berberis thunbergii

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5456789

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5456790

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5456883

Month Unknown        

Most commonly encountered barberry in much of our area (immune to wheat rust), per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Berberis thunbergii, image of Berberis thunbergii

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5456980

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5457021

Month Unknown        

Spines mostly unbranched, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5457074

Month Unknown        

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Wendy Klooster, Ohio State University OARDC, Bugwood.org    bug_5486195

Month Unknown        

Cultivation of B. thunbergii is illegal in Canada, per Flora of North America.