Taxon: Berberis thunbergii DC.

Genus: Berberis
Family: Berberidaceae
  Subfamily: Berberidoideae
      Tribe: Berberideae
        Subtribe: Berberidinae
Nomen number: 6974
Place of publication: Syst. nat. 2:9. 1821
Name Verified on: 09-Dec-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 10 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases (fide F NAmer, some straine susceptible to black stem-rust of wheat)
  • Environmental: ornamental (although illegal in Canada fide F NAmer; Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Hu Chi Ming, pers. comm. 1996)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Japan

  • Naturalized:

  • Europe

    • : Canada; Europe; United States
  • Northern America

    • : Canada; Europe; United States

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


  • Ahrendt, L. W. A. 1961. Berberis and Mahonia a taxonomic revision J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 57:166-167.
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles BSBI taxon database (on-line resource). (BSBI)
  • Campbell, F. T., ed. Report of National Coalition of Exotic Plant Pest Councils. 1995 (unpublished draft) (Rep NCEPPC)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. 1993- (F NAmer)
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. 1963 (Glea Cron)
  • Henderson, L. Alien weeds and invasive plants: a complete guide to declared weeds and invaders in South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute, Handbook 12. 2001 (Weeds SAfr 2001)
  • Hu, C. M. 1996. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hubei Inst. Bot., ed. Flora hupehensis. v. 1:1976, v. 2:1979 (F Hupeh)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Meyer, F. G. et al. A catalog of cultivated woody plants of the southeastern United States. 1994 (L CultWPl SE US)
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). 1965 (F JapanOhwi)
  • Rehder, A. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs. 1949 (Rehder)
  • Steyermark, J. A. Flora of Missouri. 1977 (F Missouri)
  • Walker, E. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands. 1976 (F Okin)
  • Weber, E. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds. 2003 (Invasive Pl Spec)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)

Check other web resources for Berberis thunbergii DC. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Berberis thunbergii cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image