Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Laredo Invasive Tree


I finally got around to identifying a tree that gives many Laredoans headaches: the Popinac (leucaena leucocephala).  Click this link for more information.

This particular species is annoying for several reasons:  It's so invasive that it takes over landscapes; Once established, it's pretty hard to get rid of; And the thin seed pods land all over the neighborhood when a huge wind blows.  They're messy, they're brittle, and I just don't like them.  I actually prefer the thorny native trees that grow wild over these supposed ornamental things.  The best I can do to contain them in my yard is to cut them down at the base.  Chemicals could be used to eradicate the Popinac but I'm not a big supporter of pesticides and such. 

Enjoy your Spring planting.

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