Plant ID

Asked January 6, 2017, 12:25 PM EST

My brother came across this plant in Ripley MD down near the creek bottom. So unusual to him was curious about ID. Thanks

Charles County (sorry)

Garrett County Maryland plant identification possible holly possible mahonia

1 Response

The plant on the left looks like a type of holly.
The plant on the right looks like it may be Mahonia bealei, Leatherleaf Mahonia, a native of China. It has been planted as an ornamental and is invading woodlands in the southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. This plant is invasive. If you confirm, then you should target for removal.
See our Invasive Plant List and Plant Invaders of Mid Atlantic Natural Areas page 136.