(WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is starting to implement its ban on a plant that won’t be able to be legally bought or cultivated within the state.
On Oct. 8, The division added Japanese Barberry, or Berberis thunbergii, to its checklist of “noxious weeds,” banning its sale and cultivation.
Enforcement of the ban can be phased in over two years to permit time for nurseries to eradicate it from their inventory and discover options, nevertheless.
Japanese barberry was initially introduced to the U.S. from Japan and japanese Asia within the 1800s to be planted as a decorative. It is broadly used as a panorama shrub as a result of of its fall coloring and resistance to deer.
There are points with the plant, nevertheless. According to the Department of Agriculture, its dense, prickly thickets crowd out crops and disrupt native ecosystems. The plant can be thought to harbor black-legged ticks that unfold Lyme illness.
“Many seemingly attractive plants can actually harm our environment, our food supply and our health,” mentioned Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Pennsylvania does not take banning the sale of a plant lightly. Prevention is the best alternative — choosing native plants that harbor pollinators and allow a healthy, natural ecosystem. Carefully considering the potential impact of what we plant can prevent lasting damage that is difficult, expensive or impossible to reverse.”
Nursery and panorama companies will obtain notices this month, advising them to instantly start adjusting propagation, ordering and planting of Japanese barberry to lower stock.
In the autumn of subsequent yr, the Department of Agriculture will concern letters of warning to any plant service provider nonetheless promoting Japanese barberry.
The following yr, the division will concern “stop sale” and destruction orders to retailers nonetheless promoting the plant.
Merchants with questions ought to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The division says property homeowners also needs to take into account eliminating the shrubs on their land.
Also on Oct. 8, the division added two different crops to the noxious weed checklist: garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, and Japanese stiltgrass, Microstegium vimineum. These crops are usually not bought in nurseries however are invasive and customary in Pennsylvania. Landowners with these crops on their property are inspired to take away them.