MONROE - (AP) - A group representing Connecticut's nursery and landscape companies says the businesses are phasing out sometypes of a certain plant because of its invasive potential.

The Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association says thegrowers and sellers plan a three-year phase-out of 25 types ofJapanese barberry. Eighteen less-invasive versions of the plantwill still be available.

The barberry plant is popular in Connecticut because it holds upwell in most gardens and offers a colorful contrast to green lawns.But some barberry is invasive, meaning it crowds other plants androbs them of sunlight and nutrients.

The nursery association presented its voluntary phase-out planthis summer to the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council, which hasendorsed it.