Content tagged with "invasive plant"

Autumn Olive

Invasive autumn olive in fruit
Elaeagnus umbellata
This shrub can be found all over the state, since it was planted widely with the best of intentions. Despite its “pros,” this species has proven to be very invasive. It threatens native ecosystems and should not be planted. More

Autumn Olive (Fruit)

Autumn Olive, fruit
Fruits ripen from pink to red, with speckles. They are finely dotted with pale scales and are produced in abundance each year. More

Autumn Olive (Underside of Leaf)

Autumn olive, underside of leaf
The lower surface is covered with silvery white scales, a conspicuous characteristic that can be seen from a distance. More

Autumn Olive Control

Invasive autumn olive in fruit
Learn to identify and control this highly invasive non-native shrubby tree in Missouri. More

Avoid planting invasive trees such as the Bradford pear

Callery Pear
Gardeners and homeowners are urged to consider native alternatives for spring planting, such as the downy serviceberry. More

Bush Honeysuckles

Image of a bush honeysuckles
Lonicera maackii (Amur) and Lonicera x bella (Bella)
If you’ve got a giant green thicket in your woods, you may have a bush honeysuckle infestation. These invasive plants are shrubby natives of Asia. Here in America, where they have no natural controls, they leaf out early, grow fast, spread fast and form dense thickets that crowd out Missouri’s native forest plants. More

Bush Honeysuckles Control

Image of a bush honeysuckles
Learn to identify and control invasive bush honeysuckles in Missouri. More

Callery Pear (Bradford Pear)

Callery Pear
Pyrus calleryana
Sometimes a specific variety of a tree becomes so popular that the whole species becomes known by that name. This is the case with the widely planted 'Bradford' callery pear. Although callery pear has been hugely popular in landscaping, it can escape and hybridize with relatives. Alarmingly, it has become an invasive plant. Learn more about this problem, so you can choose your landscaping trees wisely! More