Fire Tree

Also known as:
Morella Faya, Candleberry Myrtle, Firebush, Faya Tree
Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

General description

Evergreen shrub or small tree that usually grows to around 8 m tall. Branches covered with reddish hairs. Leaves narrow, leathery (4-11 cm long). Flowers on short spikes, fruit purple-black, warty in appearance.

Adapts to a wide range of habitats and soil types.


Overseas this is a fast growing small tree which forms dense invasive colonies competing with, and replacing native species. It can also change the soil composition. It has yet to naturalise in New Zealand, but if it does it is expected to become a serious problem.

Site management

Monitor the site for regrowth from the base and seedling growth.

Recommended approaches

1. Please report any sightings to the ARC.
2. Pull out seedlings and small plants (all year round)
3. Cut down near ground level (all year round)
4. Drill and inject: undiluted glyphosate or Tordon BK (5-10ml per tree)

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
fire tree - Main species image