Japanese Barberry Added to Noxious Weed List

The Department of Agriculture Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee has added three species to the Noxious Weed List as Class B noxious weeds.

The committee added Japanese barberry, Japanese stiltgrass and garlic mustard to the Noxious Weed List, which will become effective on Oct. 6.

Japanese barberry is the most notable addition, as it’s a popular nursery and landscaping plant. Both sterile and nonsterile varieties will be banned until the Department of Agriculture develops a process for merchants to apply for permission to sell sterile varieties.

Noxious weeds, which are identified as plants determined to be injurious to public health, crops, livestock, agricultural land or other property, cannot be sold, transported, planted or otherwise propagated in Pennsylvania.

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