Be A Smart Plant Buyer
The protection of our forests, public lands, and native species begins at home. Landscaping with the wrong plants can lead to the destruction of healthy native species. The plant decisions that you make at the store impact the existence of native species throughout Western North Carolina.
Top 5 “Bad Actors”
Non-native invasive plants occur in all forms: Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs, and Grasses. Listed below are some of examples of “worst” invasive species of each form found in WNC:
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) leaf
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) thorns and leaves
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) fruit
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium viminium)
Do Not Buy List
Note: There are no native WNC species of Privet.