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Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii
Barberry Berberidaceae family

Leaves are small, wedge-shaped and rounded on the tips. This leaf is not toothed, and is small - 1/2 - 1 1/2" long. Leaves are clustered along the stem.

Flowers are yellow.

Fruit is a fleshy, red berry that is about 3/4" long with a dot on the tip. Fruits are typically single.

Form/Habitat: Japanese barberry escaped from cultivation, and is found around stone walls, in former pastures, and around old cellar holes. It is an indicator of former pasture land.

Winter identification: Twigs and inner bark is yellow. Branches are armed with very thin, very sharp thorns approximately 1/3 - 1/2" long.

NWI Status: FACU

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