From Desirable Ornamental Plant to Pest to Accepted Addition to the Flora? – the Perception of an Alien Tree Species Through the Centuries

@article{Starfinger2004FromDO,
  title={From Desirable Ornamental Plant to Pest to Accepted Addition to the Flora? – the Perception of an Alien Tree Species Through the Centuries},
  author={Uwe Starfinger and Ingo Kowarik and Michael Rode and Hartwig Schepker},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={323-335}
}
Prunus serotina, a forest tree of North American origin, was introduced to central Europe and planted for various purposes. In the course of the centuries it was regarded as a valuable timber tree by European foresters; subsequently, as a useful non-timber species in forestry, a forest pest, a controllable weed and, eventually, as a species we have to live with. All these perceived qualities served as motives for action by humans without seeking scientific evidence for them: millions of… CONTINUE READING
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