Durban Early Detection and Rapid Response

Lebbeck Tree Albizia lebbeck

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Common Name
Lebbeck Tree
CARA Category 1

This tree can attain a height of 30m and a diameter of 1m. The bark is rough and fissured, and is a grey-violet colour with rust-brown breathing pores. The leaves are light green, bipinnate and slightly hairy. Flowers are white and heavily scented, appearing singly or in small clusters, and appear from November to March. The pods are flat, oblong, and straw-coloured with raised bumps. The origin of the Lebbeck Tree is vague, but it is thought to have come from either Tropical Asia or Northern Australia, and belongs to the Fabaceae family.

Why is it a problem?
It competes with, and has the potential to replace, indigenous species.
Control method
Seedlings and saplings can be pulled out by hand or dug out. It is recommended to cut larger trees and treat the stumps with herbicide. No biological control has been introduced in South Africa.
Where is it a problem?

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