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Wild Ones Handbook



"Where flowers degenerate man cannot live." - Napoleon Bonaparte


Alien Trees
Norway Maple Acer platanoides 
Tree-of-Heaven Ailanthus altissima 
White Poplar Populus alba 
Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila 
Wayfaring Tree  Viburnum lantana 
Alien Shrubs
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii 
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata 
Winged Euonymus  Euonymus alatus 
Common Privet Ligustrum vulgare 
Amur Honeysuckle Lonicera maackii 
Morrow's Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii 
Tartarian Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica 
Hybrid Honeysuckle Lonicera x-bella 
White Mulberry Morus alba 
Red Mulberry Morus rubra 
Common Buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica 
Glossy Buckthorn Rhamnus frangula 
Multiflora Rose Rosa multiflora 
European Highbush Cranberry Viburnum opulus 
Alien Vines
Oriental Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus 
Wintercreeper Euonymous fortunei 
Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 
Kudzu Pueraria lobata 
Alien Grasses and Herbaceous Plants
Quack Grass Agropyron repens 
Garlic Mustard Alliaria petiolata 
Common Burdock Arctium minus 
Smooth Brome Bromus inermis 
Plumeless Thistle Carduus acanthoides 
Musk Thistle Carduus nutans 
Spotted Knapweed Centaurea maculosa 
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense 
Lily-of-the-Valley Convallaria 
Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis 
Crown Vetch Coronilla varia 
Queen Anne's Lace  Daucus carota 
Cut-leaf Teasel Dipsacus laciniatus 
Teasel Dipsacus sylvestris 
Fescue Festuca pratensis 
Leafy Spurge  Euphorbia esula 
Creeping Charlie Glechoma hederacea 
Birds-foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus 
Moneywort  Lysimachia nummularia 
Purple Loosestrife  Lythrum salicaria 
White Sweetclover  Melilotus alba 
Yellow Sweetclover Melilotus officinalis 
Wild Parsnip Pastinaca sativa 
Reed Canary Grass  Phalaris arundinacea 
Kentucky Blue Grass  Poa pratensis 
Black Bindweed  Polygonum convolvulus 
Mexican Bamboo  Polygonum cuspidatum 
Johnson Grass Sorghum halepense 
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale 
Periwinkle or Myrtle Vinca minor 

In addition to the invasive aliens listed above, some native plants may become aggressive in your landscape. You can use this to your advantage if you're trying to create a tight hedgerow or massive groundcover planting. But be aware that you may need some means of control (regular weeding or a barricade such as a building, fence, or driveway) if you don't want these to spread outside your site and onto your neighbor's property. 

Aggressive Native Trees and Shrubs
Box Elder Acer negundo 
Red Osier Dogwood Cornus sericea 
Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides 
Black Cherry Prunus serotina 
Smooth Sumac  Rhus glabra 
Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina 
Black Locust  Robinia pseudoacacia 
Prickly Ash Zanthoxylum americanum 
Aggressive Native Grasses and Herbaceous Plants 
Canada Windflower Anemone canadensis 
Wild Sarsaparilla Aralia nudicaulis 
Wild Ginger Asarum canadense 
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae 
Prairie Coreopsis  Coreopsis palmata 
White Snakeroot  Eupatorium rugosum 
Wild Strawberry  Fragaria virginiana 
Sunflowers Heliantus sp. 
Virginia Waterleaf Hydrophyllum virginianum 
Ostrich Fern  Matteuccia struthiopteris 
Switchgrass  Panicum virgatum 
Mayapple  Podophylum peltatum 
Smooth Solomon's Seal Polygonatum biflorum 
Downy Solomon's Seal Polygonatum pubescens 
Bracken Fern Pteridium aquilinum 
Stiff Goldenrod Solidago rigida 
Cattail Typha sp. 
Hairy Wood Violet  Viola sororia 


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