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Invasive autumn olive in fruit

Autumn Olive

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.

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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.

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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.

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Invasive autumn olive in fruit

Autumn Olive Control

Learn to identify and control this highly invasive non-native shrubby tree in Missouri.

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Callery Pear

Avoid planting invasive trees such as the Bradford pear

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

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Image of a bush honeysuckles

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.

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Image of a bush honeysuckles

Bush Honeysuckles Control

Learn to identify and control invasive bush honeysuckles in Missouri.

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Callery Pear

Callery Pear (Bradford 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!

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