Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Brazilian Pepper tree
Focus on: Brazilian Pepper tree
Brazilian pepper was brought to Florida in the 1890's to be used as an ornamental shrub. The plant became popular and people called them Florida holly. Now they dominate 700,000 acres from North Central to South Florida and are on the state's prohibited plant list, so it is illegal to cultivate, sell or transport them. The plant can grow up to 10 feet per year, resprout if cut down & their roots are nearly impossible to dig up. Brazilian pepper-tree has taken over native tree hammocks, pine flatlands and mangrove forest communities.