Non-native, invasive honeysuckle severely threatens biodiversity by forming dense, impenetrable thickets: it outcompetes other species via releasing toxic compounds (allelopathy), and outshades by leafing out earlier and losing its leaves later than natives. By clearing it, spring wildflowers and other natives that you didn’t know existed will germinate. Ensure that you control erosion and provide shade by adding understory shrubs once you’ve gotten rid of it.
Includes 10 bare root seedlings (12-18"), 2 of each species listed below:
- Black Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis
- A greatly versatile shrub that can reach 5-12’ in height. Adaptable in locations that receive sun or part shade with average well-drained soils. Blooms appear June-July and are followed by 0.25” purplish-black berries that attract songbirds, upland birds and other wildlife. Fruits can also be used to make jam, jellies, pies, and wine. Tolerant of black walnut trees.
- Fragrant Sumac, Rhus aromatica
- This dense and low-growing shrub has a height range of 2-6’, and is great for a border or hedge. Prefers acidic, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade, but is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. As its name suggests, its 3-parted foliage is pleasantly aromatic but completely non-allergenic. Fall color is striking in shades of orange, red, and reddish-purple. Tolerant of black walnut trees.
- Shadblow Serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis
- This large shrub/small tree is perfect in an understory setting where it can enjoy sun or part shade, and reaches heights of 25-30’. It blooms in early spring with clusters of small, white flowers that are followed by small (0.5”) sweet, purplish-red berries. This serviceberry attracts cedar waxwings, bluebirds, scarlet tanagers, veerys, gray catbirds, red squirrels, beaver and deer. Tolerant of black walnuts. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/serviceberry
- Spicebush, Lindera benzoin
- Spicebush is commonly encoutered in understory of high-quality wooded areas. Features broad, rounded habit growing to 6-12’ tall and wide. Fragrant, yellow-green flowers appear in early spring before emergence of aromatic, light green leaves. Male and female plants needed to produce bright red berries that are enjoyed by a variety of birds. Host plant for the swallowtail butterfly. Deer and rabbit resistant. http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/spicebush
- Beaked Hazelnut, Corylus cornuta
- This 4-8' shrub prefers full sun to partial shade with well-drained, acidic soils rich with organic material. It provides food and shelter for wildlife such as squirrels, deer and pheasants. The edible nuts were first eaten by Native Americans; however, it is a hybrid species that is used for commercial production of hazelnuts today.