Non-native plants have been introduced into Florida, either purposefully or accidently. Usually they are from other countries, such as Water Hyacinth from South America or Melaluca from Australia. However non-native plants could also be from another region in the United States.
According to IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) at the University of Florida, about 1,400 of Florida's plants are non-native plants. Many non-native plants are not invasive and fine in landscaping. These plants can be well managed. Many other exotic plants present only minor problems. Only about 11% of the 1,400 exotic species introduced into Florida are causing problems.
Invasive plants are exotic plants thriving in Florida. They have often been introduced without the environmental checks and balances that keep them in control in their native range. Without their natural enemies, their populations may expand aggressively into new habitats.
Zimmerman Tree Service can help protect, control and remove invasive, exotic trees and plants from your landscape.
In Palm Beach Country, new construction requires the removal of non-native plant species prior to receiving a Certificate of Occupancy. You must maintain your property clear of these invasive plants. Other counties and municipalities have their own requirements.
For example, Palm Beach County requires removal of these nine invasive non-native plant species on properties within 500 free from a designated natural area: Climbing Fern, Air Potato, Melaleuca, Brazilian Pepper, Carrotwood, Earleaf Acacia, Schefflera, Australian Pine and Kudzu.
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Note: ISA is the International Society of Consulting Arboriculture. ASCA is the American Society of Consulting Arborist.