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.
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.