This shrub or small tree grows against the east side of Garland Hall.
Everyone in middle Tennessee who cares about the natural environment should learn to identify bush honeysuckle. It is an incredibly invasive tree species
and as such is one of the greatest threats to natural areas in the vicinity.
Bush honeysuckle leaves
taper to a point and are opposite on the twig
. In the spring they have strong-smelling white flowers
. Later in the summer, they produce large numbers of red berries
that are eaten and spread by birds. One can recognize the stems or trunks by the bark
, which has characteristic vertical "claw marks". The stems arc outward from the clump
, another characteristic that make the species recognizable from a distance.
Fortunately, bush honeysuckle is still relative rare outside the metropolitan Nashville area. But within Nashville, it is everywhere, choking out the native vegetation even in relatively undisturbed natural areas such as Radnor Lake and Warner Parks. This species should never be planted and should be removed wherever possible. Unfortunately, it is difficult to dig up large trees and unless all of the roots are removed, the bush will resprout.