Are invasive plants “bugging” you?

Amur Honeysuckle

Contact: Marc Imlay, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission | ialm@erols.com ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 1, 2018) – Many shrubs first introduced as desirable landscape species have been found to take over the understory of woodlands and greatly impact native forest regeneration.  The invasive properties of both Japanese barberry (Berberis thumbergii) and Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) have […]

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The cherry blossoms have arrived! Some good, some bad.

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Contact: Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel County | ipreav00@aacounty.org ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 3, 2018) – Every year in late March and early April, cherry trees burst forth into bloom in Maryland.  Some of the first to bloom in the spring, cherries are among the showiest flowers in the forest.  However, most of the cherry trees that get […]

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This little piggy went to Maryland?

Wild boar

Contact – Jonathan McNight, Maryland, DNR – Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service | jonathan.mcknight@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 1, 2018) – In the last week of January 2018, one of a pair of free-ranging pigs (Sus scrofa) attacked and bit a citizen in Frederick County, Maryland.  The porcine perpetrator was subsequently killed by Frederick County Animal […]

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Not so Heavenly

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Contact: Colleen Kenny, Maryland DNR – Forest Service | colleen.kenny@maryland.gov Nandina domestica foliage and fruit. Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.orgANNAPOLIS, MD (February 1, 2018) – As you walk through the woods this February, most plants will appear dormant, but heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) will be on full display. While often used as an […]

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Red Alert: Spotted lanternfly

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Contact: Colleen Kenny, Maryland DNR – Forest Service | colleen.kenny@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 1, 2018) – Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive plant-hopping insect that attacks and feeds on a wide variety of fruit and tree species. Spotted lanternfly has been spreading throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, and because it was recently found for the first […]

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Good for what “Ails” you? A gift from Heaven?

Agrilus smaragdifrons. Photo by Antonio Liberta, 2014; used with permission.

Contact: Jil Swearingen, Invasive Species Consultant, Cheverly, Maryland | jilswearingen@gmail.com ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 1, 2017) – Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is a highly invasive plant species native to China and East Asia, that impacts natural areas, agricultural areas, and urban areas. It was first introduced into the U.S. around 1784 by William Hamilton at his […]

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Misgivings over Miscanthus

The distinctive inflorescence of Chinese silver grass. Photo by James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org.

Contact:  Michael Ellis, M-NCPPC | Michael.Ellis@pgparks.com | Written by Kerrie Kyde. ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 1, 2017) – Tall silver and white and even purple plumes of grass nodding from old fields and road edges may catch your eye as they are tossed by autumn winds. Graceful and attractive in gardens, some ornamental grasses are rapidly becoming natural […]

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Where Have all the “Flowers” Gone?

Before — Exit Ramp from I-495 to MD185 (SHA Photo)

Contact: Shelley Brunelle, Maryland SHA | SBrunelle@sha.state.md.us ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 01, 2017) – When did you last travel along congested I-495, I-95 between Washington DC and Baltimore, or on US 50 toward Annapolis, and notice something missing? Missing are certainly not angry red taillights or flashing blue lights or even cautious amber work lights. Missing is […]

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A Wavyleaf Wannabe

Leaves of Arthraxon fully encircle the stem, distiguishing the species from many other invasive grasses of Maryland. Photo by K. L. Kyde.

Contact Marc Imlay: ialm@erols.com | Written by Marc Imlay and Kerrie Kyde. ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 01, 2017) – In the last days of summer, walking in the lawn in your bare feet, you may encounter small carpetgrass, Arthraxon hispidus. Also known as hairy joint grass, jointhead, and occasionally referred to as small carpgrass, this Asian annual has […]

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Maryland Oaks Would Rather “See No Weevil”

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Contact: Cathy Stragar, MDA | Catherine.Stragar@maryland.gov Photo courtesy of Chris Joll © 2017ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 01, 2017) – A minor player on the invasive team’s bench of heavy hitters, the Asiatic oak weevil is still an invader to watch, especially for forest managers and invasion ecologists. Indigenous to Japan, the Asiatic oak weevil was first detected […]

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