To some, the question of native or exotic is almost religious. I think extremes are unnecessary – there is room for everything if done with consideration for the environment.
To start with, what is native has changed over time. Ever since the dawn of time, birds and animals have spread plants, climates have changed. Evolution allowed them to adapt to their local environments and since man has been active, plants have started to shift around the world.
We could look back 50 or 100 years and claim that only those plants that existed then are native. Everything since then has been introduced in an unnatural manner. Let’s face it, Western Caucasians are not native to the Americas even though they have been here for about 400 years.Read more “Native, Exotic or Pest”