Friday, June 10, 2011

Uh-Oh! Death of the Japanese Barberry

There is fungus among us.

Pulled all six plants up, two seemingly-healthy ones and four ain't-gonna-make-it plants, and returning them all to the garden center where I bought them just a few weeks ago.

After researching this, it appears a fungus has attacked my barberries causing most of their leaves to drop.

So they're out of here and I won't be replacing them, because in my research I also learned that Japanese barberries lead to a higher population of deer ticks (long story and you can read about it here) and they're more invasive than I thought, despite other bloggers' (Joene and Laurrie, I will never doubt you again) warnings.

We've collected all the dropped leaves and have collected most of the soil around these plants to dispose of them in the trash, not the compost bin.

Out of the corner of my eye, I caught the Andorra Juniper browning at the main stem.

There are days, I tell ya, when I just want to throw in the towel.


  1. Goodbye, barberries! Too bad, it is always wrenching to have several plants go kaput, but you can replace them with something else now!

  2. That's right, Laurrie. I got a full refund and all this amounts to is an opportunity. Man makes plans and God smiles. :-)



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