Groups Target Honeysuckle
Invasive Shrub Can Choke Off Native Species
Posted: February 17, 2013 at 3:04 a.m.
An alien invader lurks in parks, trails and, possibly, your backyard.
At A Glance
Bush honeysuckles are one group of several types of invasive species found throughout Northwest Arkansas. Native species, including hollies, viburnum, spicebush, sassafras, trillium, dogwoods, redbuds and serviceberries, can be planted in their place. For more information go to accessfayetteville.org or nps.gov/plants/alien.
Other invasive species include:
• Bradford and Callery pears: Deciduous tree with white, five-petaled flowers
• Chinese and European privet: Semi-evergreen to evergreen bush with dark blue to black berries
• English ivy: Evergreen climbing vine featuring dark green leaves with white veins
• Kudzu: Semi-woody climbing vine with three broad leaflets
• Multiflora rose: Thorny, perennial shrub with clusters of white to pink flowers
• Winter creeper: Perennial vine with dark green, oval, slightly toothed leaves
Source: U.S. National Park Service, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Fayetteville In Bloom And Washington County Extension Service
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