We are fortunate to have happened upon a farm with fewer exotics than most.  Privet (Ligustrum sinense) does appear to be gaining a foothold, but it does not yet form dense thickets in our bottomland areas.  We’re hoping to keep it that way, though I haven’t had time to cut down all the privet that has popped up over the years.  One of the bigger specimens on the farm is pictured below.


Note that privet keeps its leaves on year round, unlike most of the broadleaf trees and shrubs in this region.  American holly, Christmas fern, pine, and cedar are the only other substantial splotches of green in the forest this time of year…



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