Small med, hardy, fast growing, evergreen tree or dense shrub <10m high that can reach 14m in foliage diameter. Dark green, glossy oval leaves, pointed tips, smooth edges. Long panicles of strongly scented white flowers (Nov-Mar). Berry-like bluish or purplish-black drupes.
Hedgerows, roadsides, lowland & coastal forest, wastelands, plantations. Tolerates wide range of conditions. Widespread & common.
Seed dispersed by birds, over long distances by Kereru.
Replaces mid canopy trees (taraire, towai, pohutukawa) & completely dominates areas of forest if unhindered. Chinese privet displaces forest shrub tier & marginal shrubs in alluvial forests. Leaves & fruit poisonous, perfume contributes to asthma.
Firstly ensure correct identification. Easy to kill with metsulfuron. Follow up 6-monthly; easiest to spot during spring flowering. Don’t replant until seedling regrowth ceases, as privet will grow through groundcover.
1. Pull or dig seedlings.
2. Cut & stump paint (1g metsulfuron/1L).
3. All year round drill 1 hole per 20cm stem diameter & fill each hole with 2g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water).
4. Spray spring 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.