[NAFEX] autumn olive Now "Invasive plants"

Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
Fri Sep 11 12:54:54 EDT 2009

Autumn olive is a terrible pest here in central NC. The birds spread the
If left unchecked, it creates dense thickets of thorny brush as a
monoculture understory.  It seems to thrive in both shade and sun here.

My experienced neighbor warned me about it. He told me that he has had
tractor tires punctured by the thorns of mature plants.

I have been fighting it as a nuisance along with Microstegium vimineum,
privet, honeysuckle, multiflora rose and now Mahonia of all things.

I am very careful as to what I plant these days....

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC

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