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Posted: Thursday, December 12th, 2013 1:12 PM HST

Big Island volunteers control invasive trees

By Associated Press

HILO, Hawaii (AP) Big Island volunteers are working to control an invasive tree known as the albizia.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the tree is rapidly spreading throughout Puna and other parts of Hawaii Island.

About 20 people gathered at the Keauohana Forest Reserve on Tuesday to learn how they may safely and easily prevent the trees from moving into their neighborhoods.

Albizia trees can grow quickly but they are brittle and have a weak root system. This gives them a tendency to snap and drop large branches after even minor storms. This can be dangerous to people and property.

Albizia can also grow extremely tall. In lowland forests, albizia are blocking out the sun above smaller native trees like ohia and starving them.

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