Unless you live in the state of Florida you might not know about Carrotwood Trees (Soapberry family (Sapindaceae)
I took these photos because the berries fascinate me, but things are not always what they seem. I did not take a photo of the tree because it is one of the trees I do not love. I did not know any of the facts listed here until I looked up the tree for the post.
I had no idea it was on the Goverment Least Wanted List
and NOTICE: As of July 1999, carrotwood has been added to the State of Florida List of Noxious Weeds. A tree? a Noxious Weed?
When planted as ornamental tree, Carrotwood invades a natural communitie, including dunes, coastal strand, sand pine scrub, slash pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, freshwater marshes and river banks, it poses a special threat to coastal ecosystems like mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks. Once planted it spreads, crowding out and out-competing native plants for available light and nutrients.
Our local wildlife needs mangroves to survive, this tree is destroying the mangroves.
1955 someone plants in eastern Florida. Sarasota, Florida in 1968 it was introduced as an ornamental tree. Carrotwood became a popular landscape tree throughout southern Florida in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By 1990, wild carrotwood seedlings began to be seen in the wild in various habitats.
Who knew? I sure did not.
things are not always what they appear to be and as Humans we continue to dabble with our enviroment causeing unknown results for years and then it is to late.
this gives new meaning to Grows Like A Weed
* Above Info from NPS.gov*