Designer seeks ban on ficus
Ficus benjamina plants make great hedges — until the whitefly infests them, causing them to lose most of their leaves.
Palm Beachers can be left with hedges that provide about as much privacy as a chain-link fence.
It’s been seven years since scores of the tiny white bugs descended upon southeast Florida, devouring hedges and plants — and leaving behind a sticky white mess. The town has implemented a white fly prevention program, but few property owners comply with it, landscape designer Jorge Sanchez said.
Now Sanchez, of SMI Landscape Ar-
Sanchez“We should be conscious of what can spread harm.”