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How this invasive vine species is threatening P.E.I. trees

Published on Friday August 20, 2021
Authored by PEIISC

The Prince Edward Island Invasive Species Council wants Islanders to keep an eye out for an invasive plant that has started to take over patches of forest in eastern P.E.I.

The vine is known as Oriental bittersweet. It originated from Asia and was brought to North America in the 1800s. 

Simon Wilmot, co-ordinator at the council, said the vine can cause a lot of damage to the Island’s native ecosystems. It has been spotted in various locations across the Island, but he said it has established a patch in Georgetown that is threatening the forest near the Confederation Trail.