Invasive Trees of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) Introduced as an ornamental, the Callery pear is a medium-sized tree that used to enjoy widespread use as a rugged and attractive street tree. It flowers heavily, producing copious quantities of small fruit that birds enjoy eating. Birds can then carry the seeds far and wide, depositing them in the natural …

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Invasive Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Chinese Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) Lespedeza cuneata, unlike many of the plants on this list, is not a threat to forested areas. It prefers open spaces and full sun and thus invades fields, meadows, and endangered prairies. It can form dense stands and smother native plants. It is extremely difficult to control as well, as it …

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Invasive Vines of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Chinese and Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis, Wisteria floribunda) Wisteria is a trendy ornamental plant with gorgeous flowers and a rapid growth rate. Unfortunately, it has proven capable of escaping cultivation and invading natural environments, where it can smother trees and stop normal forest succession. Wisteria should never be planted, as many excellent native alternatives exist, …

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A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy. Theodore Roosevelt The above quote by Theodore Roosevelt indicates the political idea behind the concept of progressivism in America. Progressivism is primarily a political philosophy that derives from the clamor, support for, or advocacy for social …

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The Green Party is committed to a healthy environment. But the Green Party is not solely committed to just that. Cynthia McKinney The above quote points out that even though the Green Party is widely known for its climate policies, its focus also extends into progressive politics. The party is an essential component of the …

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