Some shrubs that are commonly found in garden centers are actually invasive species. They may appear harmless but have the potential to cause widespread environmental damage when escaped from cultivation.
Invasive shrubs are popular because they tend to grow quickly, leaf before other plants, and produce lots of berries. Unfortunately, these characteristics also allow them to appropriate natural spaces.
Invasive shrubs like honeysuckle can form dense thickets that are incredibly difficult to remove. They also crowd out native plants and degrade wildlife habitats. The invasive honeysuckle can be confused with native species of honeysuckle, but non-native varieties can be distinguished by their hollow stems.