Growth Habit: Mirror bush can grow up to 8m in height, although it is almost always seen as a shrub between 1 and 2 metres. It was formerly a common garden plant, however it now exists in significant naturalised infestations in bushland.
Type of Plant: A dense evergreen shrub or tree, with shiny, deep green leaves.
Flowers: Inconspicuous flowers occur along the stem, but are normally hidden by the dense outer foliage.
Fruit/Seed: Many small seeds are produced in bright red berries.
Dispersal: Birds eat the berries and later pass the seeds.
Distribution: Found throughout Tasmania in gardens, amenity plantings and bushland.
Status: Undeclared in Tasmania.
- Mirror bush is capable of forming dense colonies in native bushland, displacing native flora and fauna.
For further information contact the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Tasmania.
- Grubbing (all year). Small plants/ seedlings.
- Herbicide (summer, spring and autumn). Herbicides registered in Tasmania include glyphosate and triclopyr + picloram. The cut-stump technique is useful on larger plants.
N.B. Always check the herbicide label before use.