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Albizia fight must remain eco-friendly


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 23, 2014

~~<p>They've been a known problem among Hawaii ecologists and arborists for decades, but most Hawaii residents were introduced to Falcataria moluccana, commonly called albizia, with this month's destruction from Tropical Storm Iselle. The term &quot;invasive species&quot; usually doesn't conjure images of a leafy, wide-canopied grove, but that's what albizia is.</p>
<p>That's because this fast-growing tree is brittle and top-heavy, and its graceful-looking umbrella of branches topples readily in high winds, as Puna, hardest hit by Iselle, discovered. The misfortune of those residents, some of whom lost property to felled trees and many of whom found roadways blocked and power lines downed, has rightly focused attention on the need for a comprehensive control of the infestation.</p>
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They've been a known problem among Hawaii ecologists and arborists for decades, but most Hawaii residents were introduced to Falcataria moluccana, commonly called albizia, with this month's destruction from Tropical Storm Iselle. The term "invasive species" usually doesn't conjure images of a leafy, wide-canopied grove, but that's what albizia is.

That's because this fast-growing tree is brittle and top-heavy, and its graceful-looking umbrella of branches topples readily in high winds, as Puna, hardest hit by Iselle, discovered. The misfortune of those residents, some of whom lost property to felled trees and many of whom found roadways blocked and power lines downed, has rightly focused attention on the need for a comprehensive control of the infestation. Login for more...



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