Perhaps a coincidence, but I just bought 2 of these today from our local nursery, unaware of the history behind it (will have to tell my mother about the "crown of thorns" reference). I'm torn as to which location I should plant them. I'm told they need mostly sun, but I have a front area that only gets dappled sun, at best. Really wanted to try Ninebark, but that also needs mostly sun. Do you know if it would affect the color if I planted it anyway??
I am still considering planting these. Not because of the light factor (found another area I could plant the barberry), but I now realize how bad the thorns are. (I had been warned about them from someone, but thought, How bad could they be??) Well, I found slivers in my hands that were needle thin. I've also since read about how they can carry tics. Have you heard of this?? The article even says they are trying to get people to stop planting them for many reasons. Ever hear of this??
That's okay, enjoy the feedback anyway. I'm learning a lot from these sites. I did somewhere read that a movement was being made to discourage people from growing barberry. I thought it was interesting (don't remember where I saw it,tho). It had something to do with it promoting weed growth and transferring tics. Strange, Huh, since many are grown here commercially.