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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet
Japanese Honeysuckle is a perennial vine that climbs by twisting its stems around vertical structures. This ubiquitous invader now threatens forests and wetlands throughout the eastern half of the United States. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Japanese & Chinese Wisteria

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Japanese & Chinese Wisteria
Favored for their rapid growth, dense foliage, and fragrant blooms, they have been used extensively as decorative additions to porches, walls, and gazebos. Unfortunately, they are now reported as invasive in forested areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, including Northern Virginia. Continue reading

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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

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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

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