[NAFEX] Autumn olive, invasive? Maybe yes and no.
alandhaigh at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 14:34:38 EDT 2009
Betsy wrote, "Autumn olive is a terrible pest here in central NC. The birds
seeds. If left unchecked, it creates dense thickets of thorny brush as a
monoculture understory. It seems to thrive in both shade and sun here."
Hmmm, central NC- wouldn't be tired old former tobacco farm soil would it?
Maybe old waste sites from coal strip mining? Fixing N is energy expensive
and is only a competitive advantage in poor soils as I understand it.
Barberry is our big understory invasive up here in the northeast- never seen
more than an occassional autumn olive except in intentional mass plantings.
Maybe when AO improves the soil enough down there, forest trees will close
On my property I gave up on selected strains from Hidden Springs Nursery.
Fruit was huge but they never lost extreme astringency. I have a few I got
from the soil conservation district on the edges of my property and they've
never produced a single volunteer after almost 20 years.
Great bee forage and the mid-spring blossums are wonderfully fragrant. I
think you need to know something about nearby soil to know if they can be
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