These Three Plants Are Now Illegal to Grow in Massachusetts
As spring hits its stride, Massachusetts residents are hitting the garden centers — but there are three plants you may no longer see available this growing season.
The state's Department of Agricultural Resources late last year updated its long list of plants that are prohibited in Massachusetts.
Starting this season, commercial and home gardeners are asked to phase out growing, planting, propagating, or selling Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius), Weeping Lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula), and Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii).
No sales of weeping lovegrass will be allowed after Dec. 31 this year, while scotch broom sales will be banned after the end of 2024.
Japanese black pine trees will no longer be allowed to be sold after 2025.
MassDAR made the decision to ban the plants, which are invasive in Massachusetts, in November 2022, after a public hearing in July.
The department has asked nurseries and plant sellers to stop buying the plants and to sell off all their remaining stock.
The last plants to be added to the state's prohibited plant list — which has more than 140 invasive plant species on it — were the flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) and the large gray or rusty willow (Salix cinerea/atrocinerea), which were added in 2017.