Main Content

 

Invasive Exotic Plant Species to be Removed

 

downy rose myrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosus)The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has long recognized the problems invasive exotic plants have had on the ecosystems in Lee County. Starting in 1982, the Commissioners have passed ordinances to deal with this growing problem. Included in Ordinance No. 82-42 (which established the Lee County Development Standards Regulations) was the prohibition of the use of melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Australian pine (Casuarina species), and Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) for landscaping requirements.

Ordinance No. 90-06 required the removal of these species from provided open space areas for all developments that received final development order approval after March 5, 1990. An invasive exotic vegetation removal and maintenance plan was required for development order approval. The applicant had to include a tree location map which identified invasive exotic plants or invasive exotic plant masses as to the particular species, native plants and plant masses, and a plan to remove invasive exotic vegetation so as to preserve native trees and understory. The plan also required a commitment to maintain these areas free from invasive exotics in perpetuity.

Per Lee County Land Development Code Section 10-420 (h), the following highly invasive exotic plants may not be planted (ie, are prohibited) and must be removed from the development area. Methods to remove and control invasive exotic plants must be included on the development order plans. A statement must also be included on the development order that the development area will be maintained free from invasive exotic plants in perpetuity. For the purposes of this subsection, invasive exotic plants include:

 

Common Name Scientific Name Pictures
air potato Dioscorea alata Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
Australian pines Casuarina species Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
bishopwood Bischofia javanica Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
Brazilian pepper, Florida holly Schinus terebinthifolius Picture AvailablePicture Available
carrotwood Cupianopsis anacardioides Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
Chinese tallow Sapium sebiferum  Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
cork tree Thespesia populnea Picture Available
Cuban laurel fig Ficus retusa Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
downy rose myrtle Rhodomyrtus tomentosus Picture Available Picture Available
earleaf acacia Acacia auriculiformis Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
Japanese climbing fern Lygodium japonicum  
Java plum Syzygium cumini Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
Melaleuca, paper tree Melaleuca quinquenervia Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
murray red gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis Picture AvailablePicture Available
Old World climbing fern Lygodium microphyllum  Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
rose apple Syzygium jambos Picture Available
rosewood Dalbergia sissoo Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
tropical soda apple Solanum viarum Picture AvailablePicture Available
Wedelia Wedelia trilobata Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available
weeping fig Ficus benjamina Picture AvailablePicture Available
woman's tongue Albizia lebbeck Picture Available Picture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture AvailablePicture Available