Appealing because of its hardy nature, red berries, and resistance to deer, Japanese barberry is classified as an invasive species, because it spreads into nearby natural areas. But barberry also is host to Lyme-disease-carrying blacklegged ticks, which takes this invasive plant issue beyond just an ecological matter and into the realm of public health. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN).
Carolyn Thayer owner of Designs In Bloom Frankfort landscape designer Plant It Wild The Betsie Current native plants
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Sawyers at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore work to re-open Glen Haven following the megastorm. Photo by Merrith Baughman, National Park Service.