Native Shrubs OR.

Native Shrubs OR.

Native Shrubs

Sweet autumn virginsbower is documented to occur in much of the eastern U.S. from Minnesota to Vermont, south to Texas and Florida. It has been reported to be invasive in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, although it is probably invasive in additional states where it occurs. It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.


Look-alikes: There are dozens of native species of Clematis in the U.S. including several that are quite rare. Devil’s darning needles (C. virginiana), the species most likely to be confused with sweet autumn virginsbower due to its similar looking white flowers, has leaves that are compound and toothed. The much cultivated and highly popular ornamental Clematis vines with large, showy flowers in a wide variety of colors from white to rose to purple, typically with eight or more petals, have not been reported to be invasive. Clematis orientalis is a deciduous vine or scrambling shrub in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, that originates from Asia and Central Europe. It was brought to the United States as an ornamental plant but escaped cultivation leading to its classification as a noxious weed in some states. Common names for C.

orientalis include Chinese clematis, Oriental virginsbower, orange peel, and orange peel clematis.Sweet autumn virginsbower is an invasive climbing, semi-evergreen, ornamental vine. The leaves are opposite, compound (with three to five leaflets), and the margins are entire. Leaflets are each 2 to 3 in. (5 to 7.6 cm) long. White, fragrant, four-petaled flowers appear in the late summer through the fall. Seeds are also showy, and production is prolific. Seed heads have long, silvery-gray, feather-like hairs attached. The native species (C. virginiana) is very similar (margins of leaves of the native tend to be toothed) but not as prone to self-seeding and spreading. Sweet autumn virginsbower prefers sun to partial shade and is found invading forest edges, rights of way, and urban green space especially near creeks. It is native to Japan and China and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental plant. (Source: invasive-species.extension.org)



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