Asian bush honeysuckle, a non-native invasive shrub, is found in many of our forests and along roadways. Right now is one of the best times to control them because they are easily located. In early November, invasive bush honeysuckle is one of the only understory shrubs that are still green.
How do you control it? That depends on what resources you have available. Small plants can be easily pulled by hand; be sure to hang them on a tree branch rather than laying them down on the ground so they don’t re-root. In most cases, some method of herbicide control will be necessary. Ohio State produced a good guide on various methods and control.
Not sure where to start on your property? One of the most daunting aspects of invasive plant control is where to begin. Ellen Jacquart, Director of Stewardship for the Nature Conservancy in Indiana, recently wrote an article on planning your invasive plant control and prioritize what to do first. It was published in the Indiana Woodland Steward.
Herbicide Options to Control Woody Invasive Plants, Indiana Woodland Steward
Where Do I Start?! Prioritizing Invasive Plant Control, Indiana Woodland Steward
Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Bush Honeysuckle, Ohio State University/Extension
Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S.: An Introduction to the Problematic Non-Native Species, The Education Store/Purdue University
Brian MacGowan, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University