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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-783



Exemption of Plants from Controlled Plants and Noxious Weed List

[52 Pa.B. 3110]
[Saturday, May 28, 2022]

 Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) was added to the Commonwealth's noxious weed list by the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee (Committee) in July of 2021. It became an official State noxious weed in October of 2021, with a 2-year grace period for enforcement, allowing growers and retail businesses to downsize their stock. The enforcement of the sale of Japanese barberry will begin October 9, 2023.

 The Committee also voted to allow an application process for sterile cultivars of Japanese barberry as an exemption to enforcement. The Department of Agriculture (Department) received and reviewed an application for four Japanese barberry cultivars. The Department has approved the four sterile cultivars for sale and planting in this Commonwealth as exemptions to the Japanese barberry ban.

 The approved infertile, seedless barberry varieties from SynRG, LLC, Raleigh, NC, are listed as follows:

 Parent species: Berberis thunbergii

 These are in the WorryFree® Series of barberries from the company SynRG, LLC:

 • Crimson Cutie® (UCONNBTCP4N)

 • Lemon Cutie® (UCONNBTB113)

 • Lemon Glow® (UCONNBTB048)

 • Mr. Green Genes® (UCONNBTB039)

 The Department hereby publishes Japanese barberry Crimson Cutie® (UCONNBTCP4N), Lemon Cutie® (UCONNBTB113), Lemon Glow® (UCONNBTB048) and Mr. Green Genes® (UCONNBTB039), as exemptions to the Commonwealth's noxious weed list.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-783. Filed for public inspection May 27, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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