Wild Notes Spring 2010 edition

Spring 2010

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Cosmo the flying squirrel


Weed It and Reap: Have you seen this weed?


Jetbead with white flower and black berries

Aliases: Rhodotypos scandens

Last Seen: Traveled from Asia to the U.S. as an ornamental shrub in the rose family. Now seen escaping from yards into natural woodlands along the east coast and midwest, where it shades out native plant species.

Description: This shrub can grow up to 6 feet tall. Leaves are opposite along the stem, have deeply-serrated edges and are rough to the touch. White, four-petaled flowers appear in the spring and are replaced by 4 dark blue to black berries in the fall.

All is not rosy with this shrub. While not yet widespread throughout the state, some counties have invasive populations of this plant. No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, this is one shrub to keep your eye out for. If you start to see jetbead shrubs filling in your woodland understory, it is time to get rid of it. Small plants can be dug up by hand; larger ones may require the use of an herbicide.

For more information on jetbead, go to: www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive_plants/weeds/black-jetbead.pdf.

Text and illustration by Jessica Sprajcar, Conservation Program Manager, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Office of Conservation Science.

This year's grant round is now open
We're now accepting applications for 2010 Wild Resource Conservation grants. If you're interested in applying, see our Grants 2010 website.

Remember: Applications must be submitted online by June 30. Successful applicants will be notified in November.

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