Common buckthorn is an invasive plant species that can cause severe damage to the north-eastern eco system. How do you identify it? You will usually find it growing aggressively in the shade of deciduous tree canopies, and it can reach heights of around 35 feet. Common buckthorn also tends to lose its leaves much later in the fall than many other native species.
Luckily, there is a host of options to choose from when it comes to planting native alternatives in place of this invader. Here are a few that are worth considering: