Monday, June 23, 2008

Landscape and Nursery - Plants that do not Sustain Japanese Beetle Damage

Japanese beetles are starting to appear in the landscape. Landscapers may be asked for advice on plants that Japanese Beetles do not feed on. The following is a list of plants seldom damaged by Japanese beetles.

Landscape Plants Seldom Damaged by Adult Japanese Beetles.
Scientific name - Common name

Acer negundo - Boxelder*
Acer rubrum - Red maple
Acer saccharinum - Silver maple
Buxus sempervirens - Boxwood
Carya ovata - Shagbark hickory*
Cornus florida - Flowering dogwood
Diospyros virginiana - Persimmon*
Euonymus species - Euonymus (all species)
Fraxinus americana - White ash
Fraxinus pennsylvanica - Green ash
Ilex species - Holly (all species)
Juglans cinerea - Butternut*
Liriodendron tulipifera - Tuliptree
Liquidamar styraciflua - American sweetgum*
Magnolia species - Magnolia (all species)
Morus rubra - Red Mulberry
Populus alba - White poplar
Pyrus communis - Common pear*
Quercus alba - White oak*
Quercus coccinea - Scarlet oak*
Quercus rubra - Red oak*
Quercus velutina - Black oak*
Sambucus canadensis - American elder*
Syringa vulgaris - Common lilac
>>Most evergreen ornamentals, including Abies (fir), Juniperus, Taxus, Thuja (arbor vitae), Rhododendron, Picea (spruce), Pinus (pine) and Tsuga (hemlock) are not attacked.

*Species marked with an asterisk may suffer occasional light feeding.

Information from "JAPANESE BEETLES IN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE" by M.F. Potter, D.A. Potter, and L.H. Townsend, University of Kentucky.

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