Ground cover berries in the Woods

Asked December 20, 2019, 9:49 AM EST

Hello, Insects chewing the leaves with red/white inside berries. Are these edible for birds?

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

We think this looks like Euonymus fortunei, also known as winter creeper.
Unfortunately, it is an invasive plant of concern.
We don't know if birds eat it, but it's likely they do and help to disperse the seeds into natural areas. It is often found, not as a groundcover but as a vine that climbs trees. It will likely creep until it finds something upright to climb. In both cases, it outcompetes and displaces our natural flora.

Take a look at this page from the Maryland Biodiversity website and compare:
https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=2222

Here is information on controlling it: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/invasive-vine-groundcover-control


Christine