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As part of our effort to both maintain the property and keep it true to its interpretive period, we recently uncovered and removed a veritable potpourri of invasive plants at the Codman Estate. The Boston landscape staff examined a multiflora rose on the side of the front terrace. Although the Codman family may have planted it on their landscape on purpose, this type of rose is an invasive that can quickly take over an area.
Staff researched historic images to confirm that the multiflora rose did not belong. In the course of removing the planting, eight other Massachusetts prohibited invasive species were found mixed in with the rose and removed: Black Swallow-wort, Asiatic Bittersweet, Tree of Heaven, Glossy Buckthorn, Tatarian Honeysuckle, Barberry, Garlic Mustard, and Dame’s Rocket. The area will be continued to be monitored to prevent the recurrence of these weeds.