Invasive Plant Factsheet
This shrub was introduced from Asia around 1860 for ornamental purposes. It remains very popular and is widely used in commercial and residential landscapes and as a roadside hedge. By forming dense thickets, it alters the structure of native forest communities and is now considered invasive along much of the East Coast, including Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia.
- Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)
- Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
- Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Fothergilla)
- Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire)
- Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)
- Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ (Fragrant Sumac)
- Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac)
- Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)
- Viburnum nudum (Possum-haw)
- Viburnum prunifolium (Black Haw)
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