It may look good from afar, but it’s far from good.
Unknown from Juneau until about 8 years ago, the European bird cherry is a highly invasive non-native tree found throughout the road system. While the tree was likely brought to town for its ornamental qualities, its acrid cherries are consumed by birds, which distribute the seeds to new locations in their droppings.
SAWC has been busy mapping the distribution of bird cherry this spring as their leaves emerge long before those of other trees making them easy to spot in a crowded forest or back yard. Next, we’ll work with landowners to eradicate the trees.
To learn more about this invasive tree, check out the full brochure and let us know if you find any around Juneau or other places in Southeast.