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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 plant that grows 2 ft. high or more. 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 berries look like this:

Japanese Barberry – Berberis thunbergii
by MotherNature

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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  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful light on this lovely image,….

  • Thanks, John! How nice of you!

    – MotherNature

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