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Q.I Don’t Mean To Be Picky, But . . . Question: If Russian Olives Are A Known Invasive Species In All But The SE USA, Should You B

Zone Warner, NH 03278 | kmilender added on May 26, 2022 | Answered

e writing about how best to grow it? We in New England are grappling with this invasive. From your website: Russian olive is a Chinese native that is considered a non-native invasive species in all but the southeastern corner of the U.S. In the southeast, it struggles in the summer heat and humidity and often succumbs to verticillium wilt. Contact your cooperative extension agent for information about the invasive potential and advisability of planting Russian olive in your area.

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Answered on May 26, 2022

In order to be fair to gardeners, everywhere, we must include information for all plants.

It would be very unfair for us to exclude information for some gardeners because the plant is invasive to others. Instead, it is the responsibility of every gardener to research and ensure that any plant that is planted is not blacklisted or invasive. Otherwise, we wouldn't be able to house much information on the site, as all plants have the capacity to become invasive to some degree, if given the correct environment.

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