Darwin's Barberry

Also known as:
Darwins Barberry
South America

General description

Evergreen shrub up to 4m high. Small clusters of dark-green leaves (3 cm long) with spiny edges and five short sharp spines below each group of leaves. Small yellow-orange flowers in clusters (Sep-Feb). Hanging groups of purple-black berries with a white bloom on surface.

Scrub, forest, plantation margins, and road-sides.

Bird dispersed and gravity.

Invades native bush and replace native species.

Site management

Cut stumps resprout quickly, and can be hard to kill and seeds will germinate onto bare land. Follow up 6-monthly. Replant bare sites to minimise seeding.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out (all year round). Leave on site to rot down.
2. Stump swab (all year round): glyphosate (200ml/L) or metsulfuron (5g/L) or Vigilant gel or Tordon Brushkiller (100ml/L) or triclopyr (200ml/L).
3. Cut and squirt (all year round): metsulfuron (1g/100mm stem diameter).
4.Spray (spring-autumn): metsulfuron (5g/10L) or Tordon Brushkiller (25ml/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Darwin's barberry - Main species image