Vines and Climbers forum: Wisteria Now Banned/Restricted for Sale in Maryland

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Hostas Ferns
Jun 18, 2016 8:22 AM CST
While talking with a staff member at my local nursery this morning, they said Wisteria ( sinensis) and Burning Bush (Euonymous elata) are now banned for sale in Maryland as invasive species.

I did a quick search, and here is what I came up with:

Invasive Plant Lists and Requirements
Tier 1 Invasive Plants
The following plants are designated as Tier 1 invasive plants in Maryland April 11, 2016. Efffective immedicately a person may not acquire a new Tier I invasive plant. According to phase-in provisions these plants are subject to the restrictions below as of April 12, 2017.

Ficaria verna (fig buttercup)
Geranium lucidum (shining cranesbill)
Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag iris)

Restrictions - Except as provided below, a person may not propagate, import, transfer, sell, purchase, transport, or introduce any living part of a Tier 1 invasive plant in the State. These restrictions do not apply to the transfer, lease, sale, or purchase of real property on which an invasive plant is located.

Exemptions - A person may conduct a prohibited activity if:

The person receives approval from the Secretary before conducting the activity; and
The activity is for the purpose of:

Disposing of the invasive plant
Controlling the invasive plant
Using the invasive plant for research or educational purposes; or
Exporting the invasive plant out of the State.

Tier 2 Invasive Plants
The following plants are designated as Tier 2 invasive Plants in Maryland, effective April 11, 2016.
According to phase-in provisions, these plants are subject to the restrictions below as of July 12, 2016.

Euonymus alatus (burning bush)
Ligustrum obtusifolium (blunt-leaved or border privet)
Wisteria sinensis (Chinese wisteria)
Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria)
Wisteria x formosa (floribunda x sinensis hybrids)


A person may not sell or offer for sale at a retail outlet a Tier 2 invasive plant unless the retail outlet posts in a conspicuous manner in proximity to all Tier 2 plant displays, a sign identifying the plants as Tier 2 plants. Required insignia can be found under Information for Nursery & Landscape Professionals on the right hand side of this page.
A person may not provide landscaping services to plant or supply for planting a Tier 2 invasive plant unless the person provides to its customer a list of Tier 2 invasive plants.


The Secretary may impose a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for each violation.
Title 12 Criminal Penalties

Legal Authority: Md. AGRICULTURE Code Ann. ยง 9.5-101 et. seq.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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Jun 26, 2016 9:00 AM CST
For Pete Sake, that is really the last straw. I think the elected officials should concentrate on important issues rather than what kind of plants you can grow and sell. If they have nothing else to do why have them around. Taxes would go down.

We have had some of the most stupid laws come out of our assembly that you can imagine. I think the last one was naming the State Soil.........I can not believe our tax dollars are being spent on such crazy things. I personally think some of those plants listed are very pretty and you can always trim them if they bother you. Sorry to disagree, but I am fed up with regulations and restrictions.

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