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ALBIZIA TREE TROUBLE


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Experts warn of risk to the entire state

With the invasive albizia spread across Hawaii, damage similar to Puna could happen in other communities

By Timothy Hurley

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2014

~~<p>One alien tree species &mdash; the albizia &mdash; has been fingered in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle as the primary culprit for leaving Puna a quagmire of damaged houses, blocked roads, downed power lines and blackouts.</p>
<p>But scientists warn the &quot;albizia monster&quot; is not confined to Puna. Rather, stands of this towering, graceful Indonesian native &mdash; described as the fastest growing tree in the world &mdash; have taken off across the state.</p>
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One alien tree species — the albizia — has been fingered in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle as the primary culprit for leaving Puna a quagmire of damaged houses, blocked roads, downed power lines and blackouts.

But scientists warn the "albizia monster" is not confined to Puna. Rather, stands of this towering, graceful Indonesian native — described as the fastest growing tree in the world — have taken off across the state. Login for more...



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