What is an invasive exotic plant?
EXOTIC PREVENTION AND CONTROL
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.