In addition to ivy, goats are adept at removing wild roses, invasive Phragmites reeds, Japanese knotweed, porcelain berry, kudzu, autumn olive, oriental bittersweet
, tree of heaven, and just about every other unwanted or invasive plant.
If we can reduce the introductions of problem species (like Japanese barberry, Oriental bittersweet
and Russian olive), we will improve our chances of slowing their spread.
The half-mile trail section leads hikers through forests of native apple, pine, oak, maple and dogwood, but is heavily infested with Japanese barberry, Tartarian honeysuckle, Oriental bittersweet
, and prickly multiflora rose, which Ms.
Each table featured autumn colored taffeta cloths, hand-carved pumpkins with the couple's monogram, and varying arrangements of seasonal flowers, including flame calla lilies, leonida chocolate roses, oncidium orchids, sunflowers, green Fuji mums, hybrid gladioli, and fall berries of oriental bittersweet
But an evil twin called Oriental bittersweet
is elbowing it out of the way.
Among the team's foes are Japanese barberry and privet shrubs, kudzu and oriental bittersweet
vines, tree of heaven, garlic mustard, mile-a-minute weed, phragmites, Japanese stiltgrass, and Johnson grass.
But oriental bittersweet
, an invasive species, has taken over the territory where American bittersweet once thrived.
"We're surrounded by yards," laments Bob Ford, the park natural resource manager who wages war against Oriental bittersweet
, porcelain berry and other aggressive, nonnative plants that kill trees and otherwise claim park habitat.
Another tenacious vine, Oriental bittersweet
, can spread in shadier areas.
Instead, you are probably seeing wild grape, Virginia creeper, poison ivy and Oriental bittersweet
. Of these, bittersweet is the most invasive and problematic, being well-established in NY.
Dow, who has been campaigning against invasive Oriental bittersweet
vines for many years.