prickly pink on top, little red berries

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Date Photo Taken: 10/08/2013
Location: Boston, MA
Posted By: aspinfo


bought a house that had several of these around the pool deck. as they grew this year, we all got pretty scratched up as they encroached across the decking. the outside leaves exposed to the sun turn pink. has lots of bright red berries/balls/fruit, whatever. underneath is bright green leaves. want to make sure i trim properly.


  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Looks like barberry, (Berberis thunbergii)
    I hate that stuff… I doubt that you could kill it.

    Supposed to be a real problem across the Northeast part of the country… also supposed to be a refuge for the ticks that carry lyme disease…

    I’d dig it out.

    October 9th, 2013 at 11:37 am
  2. aspinfo Apprentice says:

    wow, we were told it was a type of holly, where against the house in the beds, we have the most common holly bushes with shiny green leaves and yellow and red berries and that the ones I’ve uploaded here might be “female” holly? i’m not one to know, but the previous owner of this house planted, trimmed, and shaped these with many other bushes around an inground pool. they seem very mature.

    October 9th, 2013 at 11:55 am
  3. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    I thought barberry as well but I couldn’t imagine planting it by a swimming pool due to the thorns. You must have a pretty tough hide because you only mentioned being scratched up! Darn things will eat you alive.
    Stone thanks for the tip on tick harborage.

    October 9th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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