Tag Archives: Invasive Plant Factsheet

Invasive Plant Factsheet: Periwinkle (Vinca Minor)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Unfortunately still commonly sold as a ground cover, this trailing vine can escape cultivation and spread rapidly into natural areas. It is classified as invasive throughout the eastern United States, including Arlington and Alexandria. Continue reading

Posted in Invasive Plants | Tagged , , ,

Invasive Plant Factsheet: Five-Leaved Akebia/ Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Five-Leaved Akebia/ Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata) 
Originally from eastern Asia, this vine was introduced in 1845 as an ornamental plant. It has now been found to be infesting forest habitats where it can grow from 20 to 40 feet in a season, smothering native understory plants. Continue reading

Posted in Invasive Plants | Tagged , , , ,

Invasive Plant Factsheet: English Ivy (Hedera helix )

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: English Ivy (Hedera helix) 

One of the most popular ground covers in North America, this non-native climbing vine was introduced by early European colonists. Its vigorous growth creates an “ivy desert” as it chokes out other plants on the ground, and it poses a threat to both buildings and trees as it grows up vertical surfaces. Continue reading

Posted in Invasive Plants | Tagged , ,

Invasive Plant Factsheet: Non-Native Willows

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet:
Non-Native Willows (Salix alba, S. babylonia & S. fragilis)
Brought to the U. S. in the 1700s by European settlers, these natives of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa have since escaped from cultivation and naturalized in minimally managed areas. Chinese weeping willow, Salix babylonica, is listed as invasive in Arlington. S. alba and its weeping cultivar (S. fragilis), which is often used in landscapes, are considered problematic in the City of Alexandria. Continue reading

Posted in Invasive Plants | Tagged , , , , ,