Exotic Plants

What is an invasive exotic plant?

Invasive exotic plants are those that are not native to Florida and adversely impact Florida’s biodiversity and native plant communities. They are often brought here from tropical regions for ornamental display in landscaping. It is common for invasive exotics to grow more rapidly and aggressively than native species.

Do not use plants that have the potential to be invasive when devoloping your landscape plan. Although Collier County only has 12 prohibited species identified, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (http://www.fleppc.org) lists 159 non-native plants that are or have the potential to disrupt native plant communities. Exotic plant control techniques include manual removal, mechanical removal and herbicide treatments. Used properly, herbicide treatment is the most effective and economical way to kill exotic plants with minimal risk to neighboring native species. We will help you get in-touch with a a state-certified pesticide applicator for proper removal of exotic vegetation.

The Collier County Land Development Code (LDC) Section 3.05.08 requires the removal and control of prohibited exotic species on most residential and commercial developments. Collier LDC 4.06.05F prohibits planting of any FLEPPC Category I Invasive Exotics along with Melia azedarach (Chinaberry tree) and Dalbergia sissoo (Indiana rosewood). State and/or Local permits may be required when removing vegetation, It is advised to check with Collier County Environmental Services prior to starting any removal project.

Utilize native trees, shrubs and ground covers as often as possible as they typically disease-resistant and often require less maintenance.