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.
Tags: Prolific seeds eaten and spread by birds, Hundreds of seedlings in “seed shadow” of parent plant, Colonizes by root suckers, Dominates understory in woodlands by shading, and out-competing native shrubs, Spreads to pastures and prairies, Shrub with good fall color, Black Chokecherry (Aronia melanocarpa), Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), Fothergilla (Fothergilla major OR F. gardenii), Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica), Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), Maple-Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerfolium), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), Shining Sumac (Rhus copalina), Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum), Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)