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Berberis thurbergii

Japanese Barberry

Pronunciation
BER-ber-is thun-BERG-ee-i
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Family
Genus
Nativity

Japan

Growth Habit

Much-branched, very dense rounded shrub.

Hardiness
4
Culture

Japan

Facultative Status
Withstands dry conditions, less tolerant of wet conditions
Landscape Use

A small shrub with thorny branches. Fall color occurs early in the season and it is one of the first plants to leaf out in the spring. The berries are bright red and persist through the winter. B. thurnbergii should be considered more often for is fruiting characteristics. Useful as a hedge, barrier, and in groupings. Many cultivars are available.

Foliage

Alternate, simple, obvate to satulate-oblong, ,4 to 1.5 inch long bright green, orange, scarlet, redish purple fall color.:variable fall color:red-scarlet, variable fall color

Buds

Buds are small, sessile, scaled.

Bark

Smooth, brown

Flower

Yellow .33 to .5 inch. April-May 2 to 4 in cluster

Fruit

bright red, .33 inch ellipsiodal berry, October through winter (excellent winter effect)

Propagation

Cuttings.

Pests
Bacterial leaf spot, anthracnose, root rots, rusts, wilt, mosaic, barberry aphid, barberry webworm, scale, northern root-knot nematode
Cultivars

Many Purple leaf types and Green leaf type variations.

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