Also called Thunberg's barberry and red barberry.

Part of barberry  family Berberidaceae.

Native to eastern Asia.   Invasive > learn+quiz Invasive > Global Invasive > in USA+Canada Invasive > report it! Invasive > in USA Invasive > in USFS (.pdf) Invasive > in Michigan

🚼︎ For kids!  This plant described in invasive species placemat (.pdf) series.

In areas where Japanese barberry is invasive, it promotes in 👥︎ humans the terrible and difficult-to-treat ⚕︎ Lyme disease, for reasons having something to do with disease vectors deer  family Cervidae, white-footed deer mice  Peromyscus leucopus, black-legged deer ticks  genus Ixodes, and the Lyme disease bacterium  Borrelia burgdorferi. [1]

In the 🇺🇸 USA, the USDA suggests those seeking a shrub with nice fruit replace this plant with native alternatives 🍓︎ strawberry bush  Euonymus americanus, wax-myrtle  Myrica cerifera, meadowsweet  Spiraea latifolia or mapleleaf viburnum  Viburnum acerifolium. [2]   And the Lehigh Gap Nature Center suggests those seeking scented flowers and nice fall color replace this plant with native alternative Virginia sweetspire  Itea virginica. [3]   More native alternatives (Missouri Botanical Garden).   Native alternatives (Pennsylvania) (.pdf page 3).   And a buddy of our JG recommends alternative pricklyash  Zanthoxylum americanum.

Learn more about Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii

Best Control Practices BCP (Michigan) (.pdf) Control and Alternatives (Maryland) (.pdf page 4).

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