Invasive Shrubs

European Buckthorn (Rhamnus)

European buckthorn was brought to the US from Europe before the 1800s, as it was used for hedges, shelterbelt plantings, and…

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Goutweed (Aegopodium Podagraria)

Also known as bishop’s-weed and snow-on-the-mountain, goutweed is native to Europe and northern Asia. Goutweed has a tall thin stem…

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Phragmites “Common Reed” (Phragmites Australis)

Although it is widely agreed that the species is invasive, there is some debate as to whether phragmites is native…

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Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum Salicaria)

Purple loosestrife was brought to the US from Europe in the early 1900s and has been spreading across the country…

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Morrow’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera Morrowii)

Originally seen in various regions of Asia, it was brought to America for ornamental purposes, but quickly gained support from…

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Japanese Knotweed or Japanese Bamboo (Fallopia Japonica)

Native to Japan, this plant came to North America in the 19th century through use as an ornamental plant. Japanese…

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Winged Euonymus (Euonymus Alatus)

Also called Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus is native to areas across Asia and brought to North America as an ornamental…

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Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus Umbellata)

Originally from East Asia, Autumn Olive was introduced into the US in 1830 to provide wildlife habitat and windbreaks and…

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria Petiolata)

An herb originating in Europe, garlic mustard found its way to the United States in the late 1860’s, likely for…

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Border Privet (Ligustrum Obtusifolium)

Arriving in the United States in the 19th century, it quickly spread due to its use as hedging on private…

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