Here's just one example of what, I guess, comes under the heading of government agency public servants not serving the public. In this case, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) allows a certain number of Japanese Barberry varieties to be imported, cultivated and sold within Canada. This is their current list: B. thunbergii Aurea Nana B. thunbergii Â« Monomb Â» Cherry Bomb B. thunbergii Concorde B. thunbergii Â« Tara Â» Emerald Carousel B. thunbergii Â« Monlers Â» Golden Nugget B. thunbergii Â« Bailgreen Â» Jade Carousel B. thunbergii Rose Glow B. thunbergii Â« Gentry Â» Royal Burgundy B. thunbergii Royal Cloak B. thunbergii Â« Bailone Â» Ruby Carousel B. thunbergii Â« Monry Â» Sunsation When I asked if they would extend their list to include another variety, which differs in physical form ("habit") and little else, the answer was that it can't be done. Probably not in my or your lifetime. In other words, the CFIA knows how to ratchet up restrictions & regulations, but when it comes to accommodating the public (which pays their salaries, through taxes), its a no-go, regardless of how minor the change is. Below is the response to my request, sent through the CFIA web site (in French). Please feel free to add you favourite nonsensical horticultural CFIA restriction peeves.