Perennial shrub or small tree <5m tall. Ovate leaves <20cm long usually turn red in cooler part of year; seedling leaves broadly ovate. Flowers present in clusters of racemes, followed by smooth fruit, grooved between the 2 cells, ridged on keels.
Light gaps, forest margins. Shade tolerant pioneer species.
Seed dispersed by birds. Also spread by water & machinery especially roadside mowers
Forms sub-canopy & displaces native species through competition.
Replant site with native species to prevent re-establishment.
1. Grub out seedlings.
2. Spray smaller plants (5g metsulfuron/10L).
3. Cut & stump paint larger plants with Vigilant gel.
Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.