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:
This gorgeous plant is native to the north-east. Nannyberry looks its best in spring and summer when it flowers, boasting lovely white blossoms that are incredibly insect- and bee-friendly. The plant is quite hardy and can thrive in moist and dry soils. However, it does not fare well in direct sunlight. So, partial shade is definitely your best bet.
This is a shrub or small tree that can grow to be about 25 feet tall. Similar to common buckthorn, it has dark fruit that often falls to the floor during springtime, offering hungry birds and insects a healthy snack. Alternate-leaved dogwood requires a moderately moist soil environment and also thrives best in partial shade.
You will often find this plant growing alongside common buckthorn in woodland areas, but it can only really thrive when the buckthorn has been effectively removed. It is a favorite nesting place for shrub-nesting birds and also boasts beautiful white flowers that will brighten up any garden. It grows best in moderately moist to dry soil and in partial shade.
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