Other common names:
Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)
Shrub; Yellowish wood. Sharp 3-pronged spines. Obovate leaves. Fruits in bunches hanging down.
Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) - very similar.
American Barberry (Berberis canadensis) - not in Ontario.
Summer; Yellow; 6 parts (petals); Small, yellow, in drooping clusters.
Alternate, Simple, Toothed; Obovate leaves. Prominently spiny-toothed.
2-3 m (6-9 ft)
Wood is yellowish inside.
In bunches hanging down.
Forests, Fields and Open Areas; Roadsides, fields, open areas, woods, thickets.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 354
Common, alien, invasive.
European Barberry is an alien escapee from gardens.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: vulgaris: common (Latin)
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