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caderacres
Morris, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 19, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9049379

I was curious if anyone could tell me what this THING is. It has thorns on top of thorns. Some are dark brown and some are white. I thought I only had one and it has never bloomed or done anything other than grow. But in my looking around today I found another that looks like it is going to flower or something. It has little white bud looking things on it. I just want to make sure what it is before I decide what I am going to do with it. Thank you in advance

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speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2012
3:34 AM

Post #9057134

I'm thinking maybe it's a Berberis (Barberry), perhaps William Penn? If that's what it is, it should get some yellow blooms this Spring. They can get about 3-4 feet high and about 5 feet or so wide. They like the sun, but not too too much, and they like well-drained soil. Water about once a week, or more if it gets really hot and dry out.

Do the leaves stay green? How long have you had it?

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