Banned Invasive Plant Species

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Ohio has banned the sale of more than three dozen invasive plant species under new rules.  

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state now prohibits the sale of destructive species including certain types of Honeysuckles, Autumn Olive Shrubs and Bradford Pear Trees. Officials say the plants can spread aggressively and choke out others in wild spaces, forests and parks, and along highways. 

They also can lower property values and prompt seemingly endless battles to contain them. State Department of Natural Resources officials now will look for the prohibited species during regular inspections of garden centers and nurseries.

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