Invasive plant alert: English ivy

English ivy is a visually-pleasing plant used to cover walls, fences, and ground cover. It’s also popular in hanging baskets thanks to its low maintenance. This plant gives us the feeling of being in a little cottage in the English countryside. Let’s keep it in our fantasies and out of [...]

Bush honeysuckle summer favorite or invasive menace?

Many of us probably grew up with the sweet smell of honeysuckle in the summer air. Also called Amur honeysuckle, the Missouri Botanical Garden describes this former ornamental as “one of the most destructive invasive species in the St. Louis region.” Amur honeysuckle, as well as other invasive honeysuckle species [...]

What’s Wrong With My Trees? Spotted Lanternfly

Invasive Species Connected To Tree Of Heaven The spotted lanternfly is a planthopper native to Asia and feeds on the sap of over 70 plant species, including grape, apple, hops, oak, walnut, maple, and ornamental plants. Tree of Heaven, another invasive species in Missouri, is a favored host of spotted [...]

Invasive Species Alert: Burning Bush

Who doesn’t love a plant that’s easy to grow and care for and produces a beautiful color in the fall? We know we do! We don’t like when those plants are invasive to our area. One of those invasive plants is burning bush.

What’s Wrong With My Trees? Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moths Are Invasive To The United States Gypsy moths were first introduced to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century to establish a new silkworm industry in the West by interbreeding them with silk moths. They escaped and subsequently spread. Females are flightless and off-white, while males are brown [...]