Much-branched, evergreen shrub or small tree <7m high tall. Oval, serrated, opposite leaves variegated (green to yellowy cream) in cultivation but revert to green when naturalised. Bunches of greenish-yellow flowers (Nov-Dec). Deep pink round fruit capsule turns bright orange after opening.
Stream margins, waste places, shrubland, forest margins, disturbed forest. Tolerates wide range of conditions.
Bird dispersed seeds.
Garden escape that invades forest margins.
Garden escape, commonly cultivated, wild plants often not traced to yellow-leaved parents. Local garden clearance recommended in vulnerable areas.
1. Pull out all small plants.
2. Cut and stump paint all year round (1g metsulfuron/1L or 100ml Tordon BK/1L or 100ml triclopyr/1L or 200ml glyphosate/1L).
3. Spray all year round (5g metsulfuron + 10ml penetrant/10L or 60ml triclopyr +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.