Japanese Barberry - Berberis thunbergii  by MotherNature

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This is an invasive alien species that originated in Japan and Europe. Japanese barberry is a deciduous shrub that grows 2 to 8 ft. high. The branches have a single sharp spine at each node. The leaves are small and oval, a nice green in summer and a very pretty red or orange in autumn.

It flowers around mid-April to May in the northeastern USA, with tiny creamy yellow-white flowers that hang downward on the stems. The berries are bright red and mature during late summer and fall often lasting through the winter.

It is a pretty plant that grows throughout our woods in places where there is dappled sun and dependable moisture. This picture was taken in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA, on May 6, 2012.

There is a native species that has toothed, not smooth margins on the leaves.

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The flowers look like this:

Japanese Barberry – Berberis thunbergii
by MotherNature


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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • lensbaby
    lensbabyover 1 year ago

    This is so pretty Carol! Love it!

  • Hi, Baby! So nice to see your happy smile on my image page:>). Happy New Year, dear Lady. Thank you for your sweet comment – very much appreciated:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Huge grateful hug for the fave, too!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    So bright and wonderfully captured. Great information provided with this image!!

  • Thanks, Sharon! I try to give background info in case folks are interested – these are everywhere in our area and are invasive, kind of like the invasive species of bittersweet. You’re kind to make the visit and to comment:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 1 year ago

    So delightfully pretty for one so sinister :)
    Reminds me of musical notes.
    Lovely shot Carol.

  • It is kind of like musical notes! What a fun comparison! Many thanks for the lovely comment and the treasured fave:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlover 1 year ago

    This is wonderful and the information you shared has given me rest because now I know what this most beautiful, yet very painful shrub is outside my home….. I love taking pictures of it because it seems to be ever changing….. This is pretty!

  • I’m so pleased this has brought you something positive! It is a beautiful shrub and does change from season to season – that makes it always interesting (if painful – LOL). Thank you for telling me this!

    – MotherNature

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago

    Berry delightful! :)

  • Berry nice of you to say so:>) Thank you and thanks for the fave as well!

    – MotherNature

  • A million thanks for the fave, too!

    – MotherNature

  • Lotus0104
    Lotus0104about 1 year ago

    Beautiful! Vibrant

  • Thank you so much, Lotus0104! I apologize for the delayed thanks, but know I’m appreciative of your visit and am grateful for your support:>)

    – MotherNature

  • ivDAnu
    ivDAnu11 months ago

    Great zen-like photography! fav

  • You’re lovely to drop in and leave such a wonderful comment:>) Many thanks! I’m so pleased you like this enough to make it a favorite.

    – MotherNature

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