Invasive Species Alternatives

If you have Burning Bush or Barberry or some of the other invasive shrubs in your garden, consider replacing them. Here are some native woody shrub and cultivar suggestions for you to research over the winter so you’re ready for spring planting!

* This list is not exhaustive
* Research has not been done on the recommended cultivars to determine the impact to their pollinator value

Invasive Shrub Suggested Replacements
Barberry (Berberis ) species and cultivars

Ninebark (Physocarpus) species or cultivars

Species: Physocarpus opulifolius

Cultivars:             Summer Wine®

                              Lemon Candy

                              Little Devil™

                              Amber Jubilee™

                              Ginger Wine®


Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle

Species: Diervilla lonicera

               cv.          Kodiak®Red


Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) species and cultivars

Red/Black Chokeberry Species or cultivars

Red: Aronia arbutifolia

               cv.          ‘Brilliantissima’

Black: Aronia melanocarpa

               cv.          Iroquois Beauty™

               cv.          var. ‘Elata’

Shining Sumac cv. Rhus copallina var. latifolia ‘Morton’. ‘Prairie Flame’ Shining Sumac

Virginia Sweetspire. Itea virginica

               cv.          Scarlet Beauty™

Honeysuckle species (Lonicera sp.)

Bottlebrush Buckeye  Aesculus parviflora

American Hazelnut  Corylus americana

Common Witchhazel  Hamamelis virginiana

Kalm’s St. Johnswort   Hypericum kalmianum

               cv.          Ames

               cv.          Blues Festival®

Nannyberry  Viburnum lentago
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) American Bittersweet Celastrus scandens