Growth Habit: This evergreen tree is a native of mainland Australia. It grows between 4-14m in height making it one of our tallest weeds. The leaves vary from light to dark green depending on maturity.
Type of Plant: A long-lived large shrub to small tree.
Flowers: Scented creamy-white flowers form at the ends of stems in clusters during early spring.
Fruit/Seed: The fruit are orange berries which ripen in autumn to winter and contain a sticky red seed.
Dispersal: Reproduces from seed with the help of birds who eat the fruit then excrete the seed, giving the plant excellent dispersal reliant upon the birds range.
Distribution: An garden escapee which can be found in both disturbed and undisturbed bushland areas throughout Tasmania. Although very hardy it needs to grow where there is ample moisture available.
Status: Undeclared in Tasmania.
- Capable of invading and dominating bushland, and excluding native flora and fauna.
For further information contact the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment, Tasmania.
- Grubbing (spring). Seedlings and small bushes are easily removed manually.
- Herbicide (summer, spring and autumn). Glyphosate or metsulfuron could be used on larger bushes using the cut stump method. The stem injection or basal methods are also suitable techniques.