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Biology and Ecology of wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), an exotic invasive plant species

Euonymus fortunei is an evergreen liana endemic to Asia and introduced to North America in the early 20th Century. It has since become a widespread and ecologically destructive invader, especially in the central Bluegrass where it limits the recruitment and growth of native plant species. This research is focused toward understanding the invasion dynamics of wintercreeper, particularly seed ecology and seedling establishment. Ultimately, we hope this research will stimulate greater interest in the threat posed by this species, while also providing land managers with information to prioritize invasive-management practices.

Mary A. Arthur, Ph.D.
Professor of Forest Ecology
(859) 257-2852 | marthur@uky.edu | 103 T.P. Cooper Building

Todd J. Rounsaville - Graduate Student