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Regional Picks: Alternatives to Troublesome Plants – Midwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 157

Troublesome Plant – European privet

(Ligustrum vulgare)



1. ‘Conoy’ Burkwood Viburnum

Name: Viburnum × burkwoodii ‘Conoy’

USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 8

Size: 4 to 5 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

‘Conoy’ burkwood viburnum is a compact introduction from the United States National Arboretum and a superior alternative to the aggressive, invasive, yet ubiquitous European privet. This multistemmed, spreading shrub has small, lustrous, dark green leaves, which turn deep maroon during cold months; in warmer zones, the fine-textured foliage is reliably evergreen. In late spring, ‘Conoy’ comes alive with showy, creamy white flowers, which have a slight fragrance. The flowers give rise to red fruit by late summer and persist on the shrub into autumn. It is an ideal plant to use singly, massed in a border, along a foundation, or in an informal hedge.


Troublesome Plant – Purple loosestrife

(Lythrum salicaria)



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