Friday, July 15, 2005
We Want...A Native Shrubbery!
Wednesday's Morning Edition on NPR had this nice piece (audio only) about the issue of selling cultivars of invasive plants. Based in Connecticut, the report explores the ecological side of the issue as well as the economic side (what do you do when some of these plants are your nursery's bread and butter?). Connecticut is currently considering banning the sale of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), burning bush (Euonymus alata), and Norway maple (Acer platanoides).
Last week in the middle of Manistee National Forest on the Pine River in northern Michigan (far removed from any landscaping), I saw barberry next to the river.
My woods is overrun with Asian privet. Yet I still see it sold at nurseries online. Grrrr!
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