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Brazilian Pepper, Lead Trees to Be Removed in Hernando Beach

Brazilian Pepper Tree | Invasive Species | Environment

This phase of the invasive plant removal project will cost about $500,000 to eliminate more than 5,000 trees.

HERNANDO BEACH – The Hernando County Department of Public Works in coordination with EarthBalance, an invasive species removal contractor, will begin another phase Monday (April 10) of removing Brazilian pepper and lead tree plants along right of ways in the Hernando Beach community.

This invasive plant removal project will take place starting at Gulf Coast Drive and move south within Hernando Beach. It is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

At the end of this phase of the project, more than 5,000 plants will have been removed in the Hernando Beach-area at a cost of $500,000. Right of way maintenance will continue to prevent regrowth.

Plant removal will continue in other areas of the coastal community.

Lead tree | Invasive Tree | EnvironmentHernando County’s Noxious Plant Control Ordinance aims to eradicate Brazilian peppers and lead trees, two of the most aggressive non-native invasive species in the community. County staff continue to educate residents on how to control these plants on personal property to prevent spreading. In addition, several contractors have been trained in methods specific to the eradication of these plant species.

Go to or call (352) 754-4060 for a list of trained contractors, brochures, facts sheets, videos, photos and more information about noxious plants.

Photos of Brazilian pepper (main picture) and lead tree courtesy of Hernando County.

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