Remove these invasive species:
- Japanese Barberry: Shrub spreads quickly and crowds out native plants. Presence of Lyme disease carrying ticks is increased.
- Bradford Pear: Fast growing tree that out competes natives for light and nutrients. Branch structure makes is susceptible to breakage and splitting.
- Day Lily: Quickly spreads from yards into natural areas where it can displace native plants. Thick tubers make control and removal difficult.
Plant these native species instead:
- Common Ninebark: Fast growing shrub is drought tolerant, disease and insect resistant, attracts bees and birds and produces white flowers in early summer.
- Eastern Redbud: Deer resistant tree that does well in shady locations, attracts bees and birds and produces fragrant pink flowers in early spring.
- Butterfly Milkweed: Deer and drought resistant perennial that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is a larval host for monarchs. Produces long lasting, showy, orange flowers throughout summer.