Some invasives are really hard to hate. Japanese honeysuckle is lovely to look at, lasts for awhile in a vase and it’s fun to show kids how to suck the juice out of it. Exotic honeysuckle replace native forest shrubs and herbaceous plants by their invasive nature and early leaf-out. They shade out herbaceous ground cover and deplete soil moisture. Seeds are readily dispersed by birds. Some research suggests that the plant inhibits the growth of other plants in its vicinity.
What rose has more blossoms tumbling down in joyful waterfalls than the multiflora rose?
Native To: Eastern Asia (Amrine 2002)
Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1700s (Amrine 2002)
Means of Introduction: Cultivated as an ornamental, for erosion control, and as a living fence (Amrine 2002)
Impact: Forms dense thickets that invade pastures and crowd out native species (Munger 2002)
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