Why Is Buckthorn a Concern?
Buckthorn is an invasive tree that has degraded many local woodlands. Its seeds are spread by birds and once established it outcompetes native plants. An area infested with buckthorn often has bare soil and no native ground covers or shrubs. As plant diversity declines, these areas are less resilient and less able to support wildlife. To learn more about buckthorn, click on the buckthorn brochure below.
Annual Free Buckthorn Pickup Day
Maplewood coordinates an annual free buckthorn pick-up for registered homeowners who remove large volumes of buckthorn. Pick-up is scheduled for one day each year, typically in late October or early November. Pick-up is for buckthorn only. For annual dates and registration information see the Buckthorn Disposal Information link below.
Buckthorn Drop-Off Sites & Other Disposal Options
Residents who do not meet the volume requirements for pick-up may bring buckthorn to one of the Ramsey County Compost sites that accept brush (see link below). Check for requirements and times prior to your visit.
If you are unable to haul your buckthorn, don’t worry, there are many ways to use your buckthorn! See our What To Do With Yard Waste flier below for ideas.
Buckthorn Herbicide Coupon
Since 2003, Maplewood has partnered with local businesses to provide a discount on buckthorn herbicides. These retailers typically offer discounts of 15 to 20% off regular prices. Look for the coupon in a city publication coming to your mailbox in late summer or early fall.
Learn about Buckthorn!
Maplewood Nature Center offers quick and easy ways to learn to identify European and glossy buckthorn, and easy, proven methods to manage it. Check our Buckthorn Management Brochure or attend a fall Buckthorn Seminar. Classes, dates, times and locations are listed in Maplewood Nature Center Public Programs.
Documents & Links
- Buckthorn Identification & Management Brochure (PDF)
- Glossy Buckthorn
- Maplewood Nature Center Public Programs
- Native Shrubs for Homeowners (PDF) - a list of native shrubs to plant after buckthorn removal
- Ramsey County Compost Sites
- What to do With Yard Waste Flier (PDF)