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Old 11-22-2009, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default State offers 'bittersweet' message about those holiday wreaths

State offers 'bittersweet' message about those holiday wreaths
Thu Nov 19, 2009, 09:51 AM EST
State offers 'bittersweet' message about those holiday wreaths - Lexington, MA - Lexington Minuteman
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...urging homeowners and holiday decorators to beware of invasive plants that may be used in holiday wreaths and garland.

“Many invasive plants serve as beautiful holiday decor, but these plants are a serious threat to the integrity of native biodiversity in the Commonwealth,” said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. “Consumers should be conscious of which species are problematic.”
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Default Is that an exotic invasive species in your holiday decoration?

Is that an exotic invasive species in your holiday decoration?
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Published: November 29, 2009 12:20 am

Column: Is that an exotic invasive species in your holiday decoration? - EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
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"The oriental bittersweet is the number one invasive alien plant problem in Massachusetts," according to naturalist and author Peter Alden. "Each fruit is an ecological time bomb."

The fruit Alden is referring to are those colorful berries. A single oriental bittersweet plant can produce hundreds of fruits, and each fruit contains from two to four seeds. Birds such as robins, mockingbirds, and starlings feed on the fruits and then disperse the seeds in their droppings. People can inadvertently act as dispersal agents...
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