Sep. 30, 2020

Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii

Japanese barberry always reminds me of a story that only incidentally involves this tough invasive shrub. Many years ago some friends down the street went out for a little while. They came home early to find their two daughters, oldest age twelve, and their other car gone. They went in to call the hospital, but before they could the garage door went up part way, and then back down. A couple minutes later their younger daughter came across the back yard, and said the older was afraid to come home. Turned out the girls had been to McDonalds, a frequent thing when mom and dad were out. Never an accident or ticket. The worst that happened was that they once ran over a barberry bush at the corner of the drive. A neighbor had helped them straighten it and tape the broken stems back in place. That Japanese barberry is still there thirty years later, and appears in this image. The subject of this 'unwanted poster' is reported to have been seen in CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 4/15/12. Barberry family, Berberidaceae.
Incidentally again, once she was legal the older daughter was a terror on the roads. Four tickets in one weekend?!