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That Nasty Invasive Bush Honeysuckle
originally published April 2014 by Tom Ulsas
This shrub grows extremely fast, is drought tolerant, is the first to green in the spring and is the last to drop it’s leaves in the fall. It even has pretty red berries. Sounds like a bush we’d all like to have, right?
NO NO NO!!!
Bush Honeysuckle thrives at the expense of our native plants, because it greens up early it blocks the sun to our natives. It also releases chemicals that poison our soil which stops new growth. This in turn reduces food and cover for birds, insects and other animals. This shrub has invaded Windridge and our forests. It is greatly reducing new tree growth which will have a lasting impact on our forests over the next 20 years. For the past several years Windridge has been fighting a constant battle with Bush Honeysuckle and will continue to do so. It will continue to be one of our priorities.