Long Island Town Bans Bamboo, Threatens $350 Fine, Possible Jail Time

CBS New York

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MALVERNE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – It’s green and lush and looks very tropical.

But bamboo has become a serious headache because of how quickly and unpredictably it spreads.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Friday, Long Island officials are solving the problem with new laws.

What started as a few shoots of bamboo 10 years ago in a Malverne backyard, is now a jungle – 30-foot high bamboo towers over Peter Zullo’s home, blocking the sun.

“There is no sunlight. I can’t plant anything,” Zullo said.

But soon it will have to come down. Malverne has joined a growing crop of municipalities on Long Island and beyond in banning bamboo. The invasive plant is popular as a screen in suburban backyards, but a Farmingdale State College expert said it has a destructive mind of its own.

“You may want it to stay in a straight…

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