Native & Non Native Look Alikes

View a number of native plants and their non-native counterparts.  All of these look-alikes are listed as invasive in the state of Wisconsin.  
Category Invasive Look-alike Specie(s) Native Specie(s)
Trees Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Sugar Maple (Acer sachurarum)
White Mulberry (Morus alba) Red Mulberry (Morus rubra)
Shrubs Asian Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera tatarica, mackii, morrowii, bella) Native Bush Honeysuckles (Lonicera flava, dioica, and prolifera)
Burningbush (Euonymus alatus) and Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) Native Euonymus
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) Native Roses
Vines Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Native Twining Honeysuckles
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) Native Grapes
Grasses Japanese Stilt-grass (Microstegium vimineum) Whitegrass (Leersia virginica)
Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) Native Reedgrasses
Invasive Phragmites Native Phragmites
Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense) Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Herbs Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus) Northern Blue Flag (Iris Versicolor)
Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) Marsh-marigold (Caltha palustris)
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