Invasive Plants
Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) - July 2005


Phragmites australis - October 2005 Phragmites australis - November 2004

American Chestnut

The American chestnut isn’t an invasive species, so why is it listed here? Because the blight which devastated the American chestnut is an invasive fungus from Asia. In the early 1900s, this invasive fungus attacked one of the dominant tree species within eastern forests. This species was extremely valuable to wildlife and humans due to its bountiful mast crops. Man used the chestnut’s straight-grained lumber for many wood products. Additional information about the American chestnut and the goal to return this keystone species to our forests can be found at the American Chestnut Foundation’s website.

Fruiting and flowering American chestnuts in Shenandoah National Park, VA.

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