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This Holiday Season, Avoid Spreading Invasive Plants

Asiatic bittersweet wreathFall is in full gear, and for many people that means it’s the start of the holiday decorating season. This is a reminder to be aware that Asiatic bittersweet and multiflora rose, two invasive species, are sometimes used to make holiday wreaths, garlands and other decorations. These plants are on the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List and are not allowed to be sold in our state. Wreaths and other decorations made with invasive plants can lead to new infestations when the fruits from the plants are spread onto the soil or carried by birds or other animals that eat the fruit. For more information, see our previous blog post “Invasive plants in holiday decorations.” To report the sale of these or other invasive species in Massachusetts, see our online reporting form.

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