Six Invasive Trees in California You Should Avoid

California has beautiful, native plants. The redwood forest brings nature lovers from all around the globe to marvel at their gargantuan trunks. 

In addition to native trees, landscaping design has introduced many non-native trees to California. While they are beautiful, some of the more invasive plant species have lasting ecological impacts. They can force wildlife out of their natural habitats, destroy native plants, and contribute to wildfire destruction.

If we do not take note of invasive trees in California, the problem may quickly grow to an uncontrollable level. 

When you need tree removal experts in Santa Rosa, CA, call Empire Tree Experts. We will identify invasive trees on your property and safely remove them from the area.

There are hundreds of invasive plants in California. Here are six invasive trees that contribute to ecological change in California: 

1. Brazilian Peppertree

One of the major pests of southern California, the Brazilian peppertree, unlike short shade trees that are often preferred for balanced landscaping, is very dense, creating a thick blanket of shade, preventing other vegetation from growing. It eventually takes over the entire area. The Brazilian peppertree is less of a pest in central California, but it can still thrive in wet areas. 

2. Chinese Tallow

Chinese tallow has been a problem in the southern region for a long time. Recently introduced to California, it quickly spreads and eliminates native vegetation. It is most commonly found in the wildlands of California.

3. Myoporum

Located along the coastal areas of central California, both the fruit and leaves of myoporum are toxic to animals. It is extremely dense and flammable. Myoporum covers large areas and is easily spread by birds. While it does take over coastal areas, it doesn’t typically advance inland.

4. Russian Olive

Birds and other animals spread the Russian olive easily throughout the state. The Russian olive invades the area, overtaking native trees like willows and cottonwoods. It restricts water to other plants, ruining native ecosystems. 

The Russian olive is one of the most invasive trees in California and in western states in general.

5. Salt cedar

While not commonly sold in California due to its damaging properties, saltcedar still grows throughout the state. It burns easily, contributing to the already devastating wildfire risk in hot summer months. It consumes a lot of water, contributing to drought conditions. 

Salt cedar is typically found along lakes and rivers. 

6. Scarlet Wisteria

While typically found in Florida, scarlet wisteria also thrives in northern and central California. It spreads rapidly, overtaking native plants. It can grow up to 13 feet high. It erodes riverbanks and it is poisonous. 

Expert Tree Removal

If we do not employ control efforts when it comes to invasive trees in California, our landscape and our native wildlife are in danger. Our experts will identify and remove any invasive trees on your property.When you call our expert team, we will let you know if you need a tree removal permit before we begin work. Call Empire Tree Experts in Santa Rosa, CA at 707-521-2151 and request a free estimate. 

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