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Articles Tagged ‘Species Spotlight - Rock Creek Conservancy’

Beautiful but not Benign


Porcelain Berries on Vine
Porcelain berries may look beautiful, but watch out because these vines can destroy ecosystems! 
Photo credit

Invasive Plant Spotlight: Porcelainberry

(Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)

This month our invasive plant spotlight features a pestering vine with some very pretty berries.  Porcelainberry, also known as amur peppervine, is one of Rock Creek Park’s most invasive vine species.

Check out this Champion Chestnut!

Native Plant Spotlight: Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)

 Chesnut Oak 164729

This Chesnut Oak in Battery Kemble Park is a champion for a reason! It is the largest individual tree of its species in the country. Yes, I said "individual." Each of these "trunks" is part of the same tree! 

Invasive Species Spotlight: Tree of Heaven

 Bark and flowers
Photo: The leaves and flowers of the Tree of Heaven. Photo credit. 

Last month we focused on one of Rock Creek Park’s most common native tree species. This month we switch to highlight one of its most invasive, Tree of Heaven also known as Stinking Sumac, Varnish-tree, Stink-tree, and Ailanthus altissima