Shrub with thorns

Asked April 27, 2016, 9:32 PM EDT

I just bought my house and have a thorny bush with yellow and green oval shaped leaves that turn red in the fall. What is it so I know how to take care of it.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Your plant is a Berberis thunbergii, possibly 'Bogozam' or 'Bonanza Gold'. These plants enjoy a wide popularity, but unfortunately, they are on many lists of 'invasive' plants.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/problems/invasive-shrub-control
There aren't many specific sources outlining the care and maintenance of this shrub, but the following publication from Ohio State Univ. may be helpful:
http://plantfacts.osu.edu/pdf/0246-163.pdf
LS