Invasive Plants to Avoid

This is a partial listing of non-native plants that have become invasive in certain parts of the country. Consult your local extension agency for additional information.

INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS TO AVOID IN THE NORTHEAST:

  • norway maple (Acer platanoides)
  • japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)
  • autumn olive (Elangnus umbellata)
  • russian olive (E. angustifolia)
  • japanese privet (Ligustrum japonica)
  • chinese privet (Ligusticum japonicum)
  • bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii, L. morrowii, and L. tatarica)
  • japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
  • european buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • glossy buckthorn (R. frangula)
  • multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)
  • porcelain berry (Ampelopsis)
  • oriental bittersweet (Celeastrus orbiculatus)
  • purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
  • white mulberry (Morus alba)

 honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is invasive in many areas.

INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS TO AVOID IN THE SOUTHEAST

  • australian pine (Casuarina equisetifolia)
  • malalueca (Malaleuca quinquenervia)
  • chinaberry tree (Melia azedarach)
  • chinese tallow tree (Sapien sebiferum)
  • bush honeysuckles (Lonicera maackii, L. morrowii, and L. Tatarica)
  • japanese honeysuckle
  • multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)
  • brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
  • purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
  • white mulberry (Morus alba)

INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS TO AVOID IN THE PLAINS AND PRAIRIES

  • russian olive (Elaeangnus angustifolia)
  • european buckthorn (Rhammus frangula)
  • leafy spurge (Euphorbia esila) 

INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS TO AVOID IN THE MOUNTAINS

  • russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

INVASIVE, NON-NATIVE PLANTS TO AVOID ON THE PACIFIC COAST

  • edible fig (Ficus carica)
  • scoth broom (Cystisus scoparius)
  • cotoneasters (Cotoneaster species)
  • bush honeysuckles (Lonicera maackii, L.morrowii, and L. tatarica)
  • white mulberry (Morus alba)