This list includes some common and less commonly found invasive species for this region, but is not all-compassing. Please visit to find additional species. 

    Japanese Privet_invasive

    Japanese Privet: Ligustrum japonicum. Evergreen shrub to small tree. Leaves are dark green and opposite with smooth margins, lower leaf surface is lighter with prominent yellow vein. Fragrant white small flowers in dense clusters up to 8 inches in length, producing dark blue berries, that usually persist until winter. Similar in appearance to Glossy privet.

    Glossy Privet_invasive

    Glossy Privet:  Ligustrum lucidum. Fast growing evergreen tree up to 40 feet in height. Dense canopy with glossy dark green leaves having narrow, translucent margins. Fragrant small cream-colored to white flowers in large clusters, producing purple to black berries. Similar in appearance to Japanese privet.

    Chinese privet

    Chinese Privet:  Ligustrum sinense. Native to China and Europe and brought to the U.S. by the mid-1800s as ornamentals. Mostly evergreen, thicket-forming shrub having opposite, elliptical leaves with smooth margins. Fragrant, white flowers form in spring and produce clusters of dark purple berries.


    Nandina:  Nandina domestica. Introduced from Asia and India in early 1800s. Widely planted as an ornamental, but now escaped and spreading from around old homes. Evergreen, erect shrub to 8 feet in height, with multiple bushy stems that resemble bamboo. Glossy, compound green or reddish leaves, white to pinkish flowers in terminal clusters and bright red berries in fall and winter.

    Callery Pear_invasive

    Callery Pear:  Pyrus calleryana. Callery pear is a small to medium-sized tree with a compact, symmetrical, pyramidal or columnar shape that spreads to become oval with age. Many cultivars exist with slightly different characteristics; all contribute to the species' invasiveness.

    Chinaberry tree_invasive

    Chinaberry:  Melia azedarach. Introduced from Asia in the mid-1800s as an ornamental tree. Dark green leaves are doubly compound, alternate, deciduous, and display bright yellow fall colors. Fruit is spherical, about ½" in diameter, yellow, persists on the tree in winter and is poisonous. 

    Less common to see or less impactful:

    Tree of heaven

    Tree-of-Heaven:  Ailanthus altissima. Originally from China; rapid growing tree to 80 feet tall; alternate, compound leaves, 10-40 leaflets with smooth margins on 1- to 3-foot stalks. Large terminal clusters of small yellowish-green flowers yield wing-shaped fruit on female trees. Forms thickets and dense stands

    Paper Mulberry_invasive

    Paper mulberry:  Broussonetia papyrifera. Native to Asia. Paper mulberry was introduced for use as a fast-growing, ornamental shade tree. In its native lands, paper mulberry is used in paper making. In Hawaii and other parts of the South Pacific, its bark is used to make cloth. In the United States it is found from Illinois to Massachusetts, south to Florida and west to Texas. Paper mulberry is an invader of open habitats such as forest and field edges.

    white mulberry_invasive

    White mulberry:  Morus alba. Also known as white mulberry, common mulberry and silkworm mulberry,is a fast-growing, small to medium-sized mulberry tree which grows to 10–20 m (33–66 ft) tall. It is generally a short-lived tree with a lifespan comparable to that of humans, although there are some specimens known to be more than 250 years old.The species is native to China and India.

    Chinese Parasol_invasive

    Chinese parasol:  Chinese Parasoltree. Has a very unusual appearance for a deciduous tree, having green stems and bark and extremely large, three to five-lobed bright green leaves. Most people either love it or hate it due to its striking habit and coarse texture. Each leaf is up to 12 inches across and casts as much shade as an actual parasol. Chinese Parasoltree has a dense, upright, oval canopy and reaches 35 to 50 feet in height, spreading 15 to 20 feet.

    Mimosa tree

    Mimosa:  Albizia julibrissin. Brought from Asia in 1745 as an ornamental. Deciduous tree with alternate, doubly compound leaves and showy, fragrant pink blossoms. Leguminous seedpods persist during winter. Leaves resemble those of honey locust.

    Chinese tallow tree_invasive

    Chinese Tallow:  Triadica sebifera. Introduced from China in the 1700s as an ornamental and for its waxy seeds. Deciduous tree reaching 60 feet in height. Readily invades open land and has distinct heart-shaped, alternate leaves that display brilliant fall colors. Attractive white berries persist on the tree in the fall and winter.