"So, Where Did You Invade From Again?"

Eurasian watermilfoil (newbranchesschool.edublogs.org).

Eurasian watermilfoil (newbranchesschool.edublogs.org).

Bradford pear, bush honeysuckle, chinaberry and privets figure among the plant-life commonly seen in the southern United States, and none of them are native.  “There are numerous invasive plant species in the southeastern states, at least 263 at last count,” wrote Brian Maddy, “including six species of invasive fern, and 46 species of invasive aquatic plants.” 

Brought over to prevent soil erosion (kudzu), as ornamentals (nadina, leatherleaf mahonia and autumn olive), or for shade (paper mulberry, brought in the 1700’s), no matter the reason, “removing these species from the landscape can be a real headache.”