Invasive Species – Albezia Control

A handful of bills that would facilitate clearing albizia trees from private property passed their first readings in the state Legislature.

Native to Indonesia, albizia were first brought to Hawaii in 1917 as ornamental plants. During the past century, however, they have become a nuisance throughout the state.

“There really wasn’t much effort to speak of before the hurricane,” Ruderman said. “That’s a disaster that will happen over and over if we don’t control albizia.”

“Technically, people would say albizia is not invasive because it was brought, here, but it is an invasive species in that it spreads aggressively and causes tremendous damage,” said Sen. Russell Ruderman, D-Puna, who introduced two albizia bills this year.

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