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#3069404 - 12/08/12 01:06 PM Bush honeysuckle
Doskil
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I know bush honeysuckles are invasive shrubs but do they have any wildlife benefit like autumn olive does?

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#3069613 - 12/08/12 04:11 PM Re: Bush honeysuckle [Re: Doskil]
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What benefit does autumn olive have? Yea birds eat the seed, but they just spread it all over. Autumn Olive takes over in some areas and competes with our more desirable native understory trees and shrubs...There are whole mountain sides here that have an understory of pretty much autumn olive only. Deer do not browse autumn olive.

The bush honeysuckle is bad news as well, deer will browse it, but I cut them out ASAP.

American Plum, Black Haw, crabapple, spicebush, Dogwoods, azalea, sumacs, etc. are some good native understory species to have around or to plant.


Edited by BackwoodsBoy (12/08/12 04:17 PM)
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#3070327 - 12/09/12 07:19 AM Re: Bush honeysuckle [Re: BackwoodsBoy]
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Get rid of bush honeysuckle. Bad plant with little wildlife value.
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#3070596 - 12/09/12 10:30 AM Re: Bush honeysuckle [Re: BSK]
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Yeah,get rid of it
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#3070918 - 12/09/12 02:00 PM Re: Bush honeysuckle [Re: Football Hunter]
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