Friday, June 21, 2013

Oriental Bittersweet: What's the Problem?

The June 20th issue of The Glastonbury Citizen included Glastonbury Partners in Planting's letter thanking those who attended the June 5th Walking Tour and announcing the new Invasive Plants blog (which you are viewing now).

If this is your first visit, welcome! For new visitors this post will take a step back in time to revisit the basic questions that started all of this: "What are those vines that are killing the trees, and how bad is the problem?" Here are two videos that answer these questions.

What's the Problem? The following video may look familiar if you have ever crossed the Putnam Bridge between Glastonbury and Wethersfield. It captures the devastation that oriental bittersweet vines cause to trees and the landscape in general. This area is used here as an example but the problem is everywhere in Glastonbury as well as the state and much of the country. It is spreading rapidly. Note that the videos below can be enlarged to full screen by clicking on the square size icon in the lower right corner of the viewing window; at the end of the video exit full screen by hitting "Esc" on your keyboard.

What exactly is oriental bittersweet? Below is the oriental bittersweet video from our June 5th Invasive Plant Walking Tour at Riverfront Park (the same area featured in the video above). Keep in mind as you watch this video that this is a community problem. It is everywhere. The only reason we featured Riverfront Park is because it is a public area and the town is so supportive of this effort.

To watch all of the videos from the Walking Tour, scroll down to the bottom of this page to a link to the full video playlist.
For more information about Glastonbury Partners in Planting click on the "About" tab just below the blog title at the top of this page.