The History Of Albizia Trees On Kauai And How To Take Care Of Them
Albizia Trees On Kauai - Isaiah's Tree Service

Table of Contents:

  1. What is the history behind albizia trees?
  2. What are the issues with albizia trees?
  3. How to get rid of albizia trees on Kauai

The History Of Albizia Trees On Kauai

Albizia trees, otherwise known as Falcataria Moluccana, have been in Hawaii for over a century. Known as the fastest-growing tree in the world, the albizia tree can spread rapidly in order to dominate its surroundings. However, albizia trees can be dangerous and should be taken care of with proper care. In this article, we’ll cover how to manage these fast-growing trees.

What is the history behind albizia trees?

Albizia trees originated from the Moluccan Islands in Indonesia, and they found their way to Hawaii over a century ago. During that time, the land was being used for cattle ranching, logging, and farming, which led to eroding slopes. To combat this, foresters planted albizia trees because of their reputation for rapid growth (they can grow up to 15ft per year!). However, once the sugar cane industry crashed, albizia trees started to spread rapidly across Hawaii.

What are the issues with albizia trees?

Due to their ability to grow fast, albizia trees are invasive and they don’t fully develop, which leads to weak and brittle wood. Because of this, their branches can pose a serious risk. There have been reports of branches falling at random times, which can injure islanders or damage property. Albizia trees on Kauai have caused injuries, ruined property, and affected power lines and power poles.

Albizia trees on Kauai are territorial and save the nutrients for themselves, which puts other native trees at risk. Since albizia trees are tall and broad, they soak up the sunlight while other trees are kept in the shade. Also when it rains, albizia trees absorb most of the rainfall due to their shallow roots. These trees are greedy and invasive, which is detrimental to Hawaii’s other native greenery.

How to get rid of albizia trees on Kauai

Understanding the negative impact that albizia trees have on Kauai is the first step. The next step is to properly get rid of them. For example, on Kauai, a biomass facility managed by the Green Energy team is chipping and burning albizia trees in order to produce 12% of the island’s power. And in return, they are planting noninvasive eucalyptus trees.

If you have albizia trees on your property, it’s essential to get in touch with professional arborists to safely remove them. In order to avoid any possible liabilities or property damage in the future, get in touch with us at Isaiah’s Tree Service to have your albizia trees removed. We work with state-of-the-art equipment to safely remove unwanted or hazardous albizia trees on Kauai. Get in touch with us today.

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