Invasive barberry makes it hard for native plants to grow and flourish

Editor’s take note: During the escalating time, Mike Hogan, OSU Extension Educator for Agriculture & Normal Assets in Franklin County, will response gardening concerns submitted by Dispatch readers. Send out your questions to [email protected].

Q:  I just planted some Barberry bushes in my facet garden and my neighbor thinks that these shrubs are invasive and ought to not be utilized in home landscaping. Is this accurate?

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A:  A number of distinct species of Barberry (Berberis) have been greatly made use of as a landscape plant, specifically in locations with major deer pressure, but it is invasive. These non-native deciduous woody shrubs could appear quite with their dainty flowers and pink berries, but they are invasive mainly because birds take in the seeds and distribute these plants around a vast selection.