Do you get overwhelmed by all the invasive species to identify and control on your land? You are not alone! MC-IRIS wants to help focus your efforts and provide education on one invasive species each year, and the species for 2020 is Asian bush honeysuckle.
All of the green shrubs in this mid-April photo of an Indiana forest are the invasive Asian bush honeysuckle (photo by Lee Casebere)
Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive shrub harming Monroe County forests and wildlife. There is a lot scattered throughout the county, but it is easy to identify and remove. Be part of the solution by joining together with MC-IRIS to focus on the removal of Asian bush honeysuckle in 2020.
Flowers of Asian bush honeysuckle (photo by Peter Dziuk)
Asian bush honeysuckle is easy to control; small plants can be pulled by hand, and larger shrubs can be pulled with a Puller Bear or similar device (available for loan through MC-IRIS). Shrubs can also be cut down and the stump painted with an herbicide to stop resprouting. More details on control methods can be found here.
Free Native Shrubs!
If you control Asian bush honeysuckle on your property, document it in photos or video. With that documentation, this fall MC-IRIS will give you a free native shrub to replace the honeysuckle! We'll announce a time and place for the swap later this year.
More information on native shrubs for landscaping can be found at the Indiana Native Plant Society website.
Why Should You Control Asian Bush Honeysuckle?
Asian bush honeysuckle with berries (photo by Paul Rothrock)
Want to join the Challenge? Read more about identifying and controlling Asian bush honeysuckle, and then join our First Saturday work days at City Parks from March through November to get some hands on experience. Document the control you do and exchange it for a free native shrub this fall!