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American bittersweet is safe to use in floral arrangements. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Department of Agriculture

MDA asks Minnesotans to watch for invasive vine

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) cautions Minnesota decorators and retailers to look twice when assembling fall décor and to avoid the vibrant Oriental bittersweet.


Oriental bittersweet is a woody vine commonly used for landscaping and holiday decorating. When established, this invasive vine can strangle trees, dominate tree canopies and kill understory plants from lack of sunlight.

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