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Old 11-17-2009, 03:04 PM   #31
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Sassafras, sounds like there is more awareness in Metrowest about invasive plants these days...I think New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham has 'done good' over there We are west of Metrowest and I watched somebody plant a whole hedge of them last year - dunno where he bought them but it was AFTER the sale ban took place in MA. I really wish I had said something to him at the time but it's not how you make friends when you're still a relative newcomer in town

As for replacements for Burning Bush, Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) has gorgeous fall foliage...and unlike BB it has pretty early summer white flowers that pollinators love!
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:54 PM   #32
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Those types of discussions can become touchy. It is unfortunate he was able to purchase burning bushes in a state where they are illegal to sell. You will be saddled with the responsibility of having to remove many seedlings from the neighbor's plants in the years to come. Perhaps you could ask him where they were purchased in a casual conversation. Reporting the source to the proper authorities might be helpful in reducing the number of homeowners in your predicament.
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