Tree tobacco is a small, open tree that has rubbery, silver-blue leaves and grows clusters of tubular, yellow flowers. Originally native to South America, tree tobacco began as a decorative garden plant used to attract birds and has sprouted into something much larger, becoming an invasive plant throughout California. Growing rather quickly, tree tobacco seeds can bloom into trees of six to ten feet in height and are often found along trails, fields and roadsides in many native wildlands.
Invasive non-native plant species like the tree tobacco, are troublesome as they prevent native plants and wildlife from thriving and can diminish the biodiversity of the Landmarks. Removing these invasive plants is crucial in order to preserve the nutrients, space and light for other native plants to do well.
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