Large tree up to 20 m tall with pale fissured bark. Glossy leaves (5 - 8cm long) smell of camphor when crushed. Masses of small white flowers (Spring) produce many small black berries.
Forest, disturbed forest, scrub & shrublands. Prefers fertile, sandy soil, full sun or partial shade.
It has been declared a noxious weed in many parts of Queensland and New South Wales where large stands have developed, mainly along waterways, out-competing native forest. In large doses the berries are toxic to humans. It has been observed naturalising in bush in the region.
This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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