Chinese privet is semi-deciduous in colder areas, only grows to 5m high, has dull green leaves with a rounded tip and a hairy midrib on the underside. White tubular flowers (Oct-Mar) with characteristic purple or mauve anthers.
Hedgerows, roadsides, lowland & coastal forest, wastelands, plantations. Tolerates wide range of conditions. Widespread & common.
Seed dispersed by birds.
Chinese privet displaces forest shrub tier & marginal shrubs in alluvial forests. Leaves & fruit poisonous, perfume contributes to asthma.
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.