Berberis vulgaris -- Common Barberry

See also Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry).

Non-native* (Europe)

Other names:  European Barberry, Jaundice Berry




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B. vulgaris can be differentiated from B. thunbergii in a number of ways.
  • The leaves of B. vulgaris have toothed edges, while the edges of the leaves of B. thunbergii are entire. 
  • B. thunbergii has single, unbranched spines along the stem. B. vulgaris may have double or triple branched spines.
  • Flowers (and fruits) of B. thunbergii hang down from stems singularly; flowers usually white. B. vulgaris has yellow flowers in longish clusters.
Refer to a comparative chart and key to these species (PDF) from the USDA Forest Service.


* Listed as invasive in natural areas by the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

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