- Tall tree growing 50 -90 feet tall;
- Spongy, white, paper-like bark;
- Gray-green oval leaves;
- White flowers in brush-like spikes in Spring.
- Central and South Florida;
- Residential yards, lakes, wet pine flatwoods and wetlands;
- Flourishes in standing water.
Reasons it should be removed:
- Trees are highly flammable;
- Destroys the Everglades by replacing other habitats; 50 acres per day;
- When it is stressed by fire, frost, or herbicide treatment it releases large quantities of seeds creating impenetrable areas;
- Flowers produce noxious chemicals that cause respiratory problems for many people;
Method of removal:
- Manual removal of seedlings;
- Chainsaw mature trees and treat stump with commercially available herbicide;
- Follow up visits are necessary to assure removal.
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