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What’s invading Martha’s Vineyard? by esfdla
November 2, 2010, 11:46 am
Filed under: Martha's Vineyard 2010

In addition to the 25,000 tourists marching off ferries in the summer months, there are many invasive plant species taking root on the island.  While most of the species pictured above can be found throughout many New England landscapes, a few species are still sold in plant nurseries.  Many people consider vines such as Oriental Bittersweet and Porcelain Berry to be quite stunning, however they can overtake mature trees, pull down branches, and block leaves preventing photosynthesis from occurring.  Some still choose to cultivate invasive species because they have desirable aesthetic qualities.  In an effort to prevent the further cultivation of invasive species, check out some viable native alternatives pictured below.

Live well and cultivate native species.



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