Connecticut’s nursery and landscape industry will voluntarily start phasing out the sale and production of 25 Japanese Barberry cultivars over the next three years because of their invasive potential.
Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is one of the top 25 most popular landscape plants in the state. The Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association estimates the combined value of these cultivars — wholesale and retail — exceeds $7 million annually. The decision will leave in sale and production at least another 18 versions of the plant considered less invasive.
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