Buckthorn Overtaking Duluth Parks and Yards

Posted at: 10/08/2013 10:18 PM
Updated at: 10/08/2013 10:42 PM

Buckthorn, a stubborn shrub, has caused trouble in Duluth, and on Tuesday Parks and Recreation officials called on residents to help fight it.

The glossy shrub is a common invasive plant taking over city parks and trails as well as backyards and front lawns in Duluth.

Parks and Rec. officials said Buckthrorn is taking over and out-competing native plants in many areas, such as the Hartley Nature Area.

“It was brought over from Europe as like a decorative plant years ago and they didn't realize it was invasive, and now it's out-competing other plants and taking over the whole park,” Invasive Species Intern Sarah Allen said. “Animals can eat it. That's part of the problem is birds eat it and spread the berries and it's everywhere.”

She said the Buckthorn leaves stay green longer into fall and the dark berries are distinctive of the plant. Allen said any Buckthorn shrubs should be removed if possible.

Residents can join removal parties at Hartley Nature Area on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chester Bowl.