Red cedars are the cockroaches of the tree community. They?ll grow anywhere.
That was the conclusion of Rachel Stone, new biology instructor at Allen Community College, who attended a nature walk Sunday afternoon on the LeHigh Portland Trails.
Red cedars, along with two types of honeysuckle, are the most invasive species in the area and provide a constant battle for those who develop and maintain the trail system. Invasive trees, plants and grasses grow quickly and choke out native plants, leaving less diversity in the ecosystem.