Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Upper South

September, 2014
Regional Report

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Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
Invasive plants threaten native species by competing for resources, including sunlight, water, nutrients, soil and space. They cause genetic changes in native relatives, limit the natural food for native animals, and serve as an agent for the spread of harmful plant pathogens. They impact natural areas by displacing and significantly altering native plant communities, impede forest regeneration and natural succession, change soil chemistry, alter hydrologic and fire regimes, and cause other changes that favor their growth and spread. The Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is an effort to combat invasive species and preserve our natural landscapes and the native plants, animals, and other creatures that inhabit them by assisting users with identification, early detection, prevention, and management of invasive plants. A collaborative project between the National Park Service, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, the Atlas focuses on non-native pest plant species affecting natural areas.

Favorite or New Plant

'Hearts of Gold' Redbud
'Hearts of Gold' redbud is a form selected from our native redbud (Cercis canadensis), 'Hearts of Gold' provides bright yellow new growth all season long and is burn-resistant, even in full sun. The leaves do mature to dark green, but the new growth is always yellow. It is perfect as a specimen plant, or combine it with blue-flowered shrubs, like caryopteris. A vigorous plant, 'Hearts of Gold' will grow to 10 feet in the first five years.

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