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  •  You're not going to like my answer (3+ / 0-)

    but it's an invasive species.  Glossy Buckthorn.  Kind of looks like some species of serviceberry, but it isn't.  

    At least in Minnesota, Glossy Buckthorn is not quite the invasive species that Common Buckthorn is, but it's still no good.  

    One good clue that a shrub or tree is invasive is if it's still green in Wisconsin in November.  That's not typical of many native species.  The 2 buckthorns, the invasive honeysuckles, Siberian Peashrub, and a couple others will often stay bright green while the snow starts to accumulate.  If you live on property with any woods, it's a good idea to look around for lingering green in the understory after everything else has dropped leaves--odds are those are invasive species that it would be a good idea to eradicate.  Glossy Buckthorn can choke out the understory of (typically) hardwood forests and prevent the regeneration of native trees like Sugar Maple.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 05:47:50 AM PST

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