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Illustration of autumn olive leaves, flowers, fruit.

Autumn Olive

Autumn olive, Elaeagnus umbellata.

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Illustration of autumn olive leaves, flowers, fruit.

Autumn Olive

Elaeagnus umbellata
Autumn olive can be found all over the state, since it was planted widely with the best of intentions. Despite its “pros,” this shrub 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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Illustration of bush honeysuckle leaves, flowers, fruit.

Bush Honeysuckle

Amur bush honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii.

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Illustration of bush honeysuckle leaves, flowers, fruit.

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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Bush Honeysuckles Control

Learn to identify and control invasive bush honeysuckles in Missouri.

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