Massachusetts Proposes Ban/Phase-Out of 140+ Plants
Thu, 08 Sep 2005 19:26:48 PDT
Matt Mattus writes:
Anyway, I live in Massachusetts, in a city that has recently counted over
200,000 Norway maples planted on it's streets. 
I too live in Massachusetts, about 40 miles northwest of Boston.  I have 
about 2 acres of land, 1 acre open and sunny, the other acre in deep woods, almost 
all of which is non-native Norway maple.  Underneath, is a dense thicket of 
horribly spinny-thorned Berberis thunbergii, a Japanese plant that is very 
thorny and invasive.  Systematically I'll cut down the berberis, and even cut down 
the huge old rotting Norway Maple and replace with native species, or even 
refined non-native species.

I've been gardening here for 18 years, and a number of plants have shown to 
be horribly invasive, such as Campanula punctata and the allied korean C. 
takisimense.. my woodlands are now thick with them, and beyond.  Ajuga has equal 
potential as being horribly invasive.

Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States "New England" USDA Zone 5
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