An arching, spreading, evergreen shrub usually <3m tall (can grow up to 5m). Egg to diamond-shaped leaves in clusters along stem <25mm long, shiny on upper surface with impressed veins, blue-green on underside (young leaves buff-white underneath). Small white - pinkish flowers (Oct-Jan) in clusters of 1-4. Distinctive bunches of small red berries (Feb-Aug).
Widespread & common in scrub, wasteland, plantations, forest margins, coastal areas, riverbeds, quarries. Tolerates wide range of habitats.
Seeds dispersed by birds.
Competes directly with native shrubs & forms pure stands.
Plan to control whole areas to minimise reseeding by birds. Replant bared areas with dense groundcover or shrubs to prevent seedling regrowth. Make sure that the plant being controlled is not the native species kumarahou.
1. Hand pull seedlings (can be difficult).
2. Cut & paint stems summer - autumn (5g metsulfuron/1L or Vigilant gel).
3. Frill big stems, ‘feather’ bark & paint summer - autumn (5g metsulfuron/1L).
4. Spray summer - autumn (5g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L).
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.