Autumn Olive

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cindyricksgers:

…almost at the end of my “invasive species” list!

Originally posted on Beaver Island Phragmites Control:

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Isn’t this a pretty plant?

Smells good, too.

It produces edible berries that birds love.

Sometimes it is difficult to make an invasive species out to be the “bad guy” that it is.

It’s certainly easier to dislike…Poison Ivy, say…than this lovely shrub!

Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus Umbellata), also known as Oleander or Japanese Silverberry has plenty of good things going for it, sure.

However…

  • The rapid growth and ability to provide a canopy of shade quickly displaces natural plants.
  • The ability to set nitrogen in the soil makes the ground too rich for many native species.
  • The berries are widely dispersed by birds, so spread in uncontrolled.
  • It has been noted that the variety of birds is reduced, in areas where Autumn Olive berries are the main food source.

 

Pretty as it is, this is not a plant we want taking over our fields and open areas.

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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  1. I have trouble making invasive species into the bad guy, too, Cindy. I start thinking about how the majority of us in the US today are invasive species. But do try to keep all viewpoints balanced and realize how invasive species can sabotage our landscape.

    • Yes, unfortunately, all the damage caused by invasive species is STILL small compared to the damage caused by the encroachment of man and our careless use and abuse of what is around us. Most invasive species were brought in – whether intentionally or by accident – by humans, too. Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments!

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