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Re: Lonicera fragrantissima

A common misconception is that invasive plants are only invasive in an area immediately surrounding them. This is rarely the case. Nandina and Mahonia and Callery Pears are popping up all through the woodlands of Georgia, and even plague my landscape. They're all escapees from landscape plantings.

Many people think of Kudzu as being the premier invasive. It's not nearly as bad as those plants that have berries or seeds that the birds eat spread like a metastatic cancer.

Some plants do both, of course -think of Japanese Honeysuckle and Privet and Oriental Bittersweet.

We don't always see where they're going, since many of them need disturbed soil in which to take root, and that soil may be many miles away. Some need the moisture provided near creeks, and often pop up along streams in the woods, far from where we see them. Others may be held in check by local climate conditions, but take over when spread to other areas.

d (Member of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council and instructor on Invasives and Their Control).

----- Original Message ----- From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zemuly@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lonicera fragrantissima

Apparently that's not happening here. The plant I got mine from is ancient and only has suckers as far as the branches extend, which is about 10-12 feet. Sometimes I think the plant police get a little hysterical. I've never heard of it being considered a pest in this part of the state.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lonicera fragrantissima

You should know that this plant is considered a pest in many parts of the country, including Tennessee. I've never seen a berry on mine, but I've kept an eye out.


U.S. Weed Information:
Lonicera fragrantissima Lindl. & Paxton

January jasmine
sweet breath-of-spring

This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below. This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.

SEEPPC Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1996. Invasive exotic pest plants in Tennessee (19 October 1999). Research Committee of the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council. Tennessee.


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