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Alternatives to Invasives

What do you do if you depend on buckthorn for privacy hedging, or you like the look of Burning Bush, but realize that they tend to be invasive in Riverwoods? Here's a chart with some suggested alternatives:

Japanese Honeysuckle

Leatherflower (Clematis viorna)
Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)

English Ivy Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum biflorim)
Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
Barberry Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolim)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Oak-Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum)
Purple Loosestrife Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Grass-leaved blazing star (Liabris pilosa)
Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
Blazing star (Liatris spicata)
Common Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Bush Honeysuckle Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Maple Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum)
Burning Bush

Oak-Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Maple Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum)

Buckthorn Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
American Hornbeam / Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)
Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Oak-Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Common Reed Grass Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor)
Switch Grass (Panicum "Dallas Blues")
Korean Reed Grass (Calamagrostis "Brachytricha")
Norway Maple Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra)
Blue Beech (Carpinus caroliniana)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

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