[NAFEX] autumn olive Now "Invasive plants"

Hector Black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Sun Sep 13 20:24:43 EDT 2009

Hi Betsey -  I forgot what a nuisance the thorny ones are.  Ours are all 
thornless.  Must have been bred out or else they came from clones without 
thorns.    Hector

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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] autumn olive Now "Invasive plants"

> Autumn olive is a terrible pest here in central NC. The birds spread the
> 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.
> 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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