There are numerous plants in Sandy Creek Park and throughout the Piedmont of North Carolina. Some were intentionally introduced as plants or shrubs for landscaping or home gardens and others have invaded the area unintentionally. Either was these plants often take over large areas and crowd out the native plants. This has a negative effect on our wildlife as it replaces the traditional shelter and food sources for these animals.
At Sandy Creek we have undertaken a long-term effort to irradicate as many of these non-native and invasive species as possible. We are doing this where possible by cutting down or pulling up these plants.
- Mimosa or Silk Tree - Albizia julibrissin
- Chinese Privet - Ligustrum sinese
- Autumn Olive - Elaeagnus umbellata
- Thorny Olive - Elaeagnus pungens
- Japanese Stiltgrass - Microstegium vimineum
- English Ivy - Hedera helix
- Japanese Honeysuckle - Lonicera japonica
- Multiflora Rose - Rosa multiflora