Is Your Burning Bush Hosting a Hidden Invader?

No burning bush should have a green leaf on it this time of year.  Most burning bushes flowerare doing their thing, BURNING.

The bright red color is one of the characteristic assets of the plant, which are typically used as hedges or individual specimen.

But wait, take a close look, and I mean today, right now.  If you have green leaves coming through the red leaves, especially up at the top, you need to follow the green leaves down the plant.  They will turn into a silvery stem that can be traced all the way to the ground and are actually the start of an invasive wild HONEYSUCKLE plant.

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The first thing to do is get all the green leaves and branching removed from the burning bush, next isolate the stem at the bottom and try to remove it.

If it is large you may have to cut it down with a pruning saw. Smaller stems can be pulled, dug or lopped at the ground level.

These plants started off in the woods, the birds spread them by eating the red fruit (with seed) as they roost in the burning bush the droppings place the seed in the soil and the new plant grows undetected throughout the year. Only when the burning bush turns red does the green leaf evidence show how bad the Honeysuckle has invaded.

The smart gardener gets these out when they are young – the less astute end up with trunks the size of trees at the base of the burning bush and often must remove the burning bush with the honeysuckle to keep it from growing back.

If you are walking around the neighborhood, spread the word! I have yet to see a neighborhood with burning bush that does not have a honeysuckle invasion.

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