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Fun Fact Friday October 27, 2023

First off, I want to apologize for not getting a "What is it Wednesday" post out this week. For a more detailed apology, check out the blog post just before this one in the General Category or CLICK HERE.

We also missed last week's "Fun Fact Friday". But I am getting back on track.

Anyway... this week's Fun Fact is this:

Did you know that The Golden Raintree is listed by the Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC) as a non-native Category II invasive species. What does that mean? "Category II invasive plants have increased in abundance or frequency but have not yet altered Florida plant communities to the extent shown by Category I species. These species may become Category I if ecological damage is demonstrated." - from the FISC website.

Golden Rain Tree
Golden Rain Tree photo take in Seminole County, FL

While this fact isn't at all that fun, it is worth knowing. In Central Florida we have become so used to the explosion of yellow color that marks the beginning of fall - and hopefully some relief from summer heat. By the end of October, the yellow becomes a pinkish red before finally falling off to the ground.

The reason I felt the need to talk about Golden Rain Trees being listed as Category II invasive plants, is I want people to think twice before adding them to their landscapes. That is the reason they got here in the first place. There are many other options for colorful flowering trees.

See you..........................

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Oct 28, 2023

I would love to hear your recommendations for replacements or alternatives. Our neighbor has a golden rain tree and it pains me to know it will slowly wreak havoc on the neighborhood. I know many people think this tree is beautiful so I would love to get your thoughts on equally beautiful Florida friendly or native options

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