The Berberis thunbergii plant is a native to East Asian countries, and especially to Japan. It has since become widespread in numerous other countries such as the USA and China.
Japanese barberry is a bushy shrub with spiny branches. It has a deciduous nature. It is often grown as an ornamental plant in temperate parts of the world.
Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Rose Glow' photograph by F. D. Richards.
There are many cultivars available. These typically have different colored foliage. This may be variegated, and ranges from yellow through to dark red and violet. Cultivars may also be specialized for use in hedges (growing more erect) or as stand alone dwarf plants.
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