What are these and how do I take care of them?

Asked May 12, 2016, 11:53 AM EDT

I need to identify this plant. I've got many in our yard, but I don't know what they are. I have to make sure my husband isn't allergic to them before they bloom.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

I'm afraid this is Glossy Buckthorn. Please take a look at this information sheet to see of you agree:
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialplants/woody/buckthorn/id.html
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/weedcontrol/noxiouslist/glossybuckthorn.aspx

These attractive bushes were planted as ornamentals, not too long ago. They have become highly invasive and these plants should be removed.