Erect, evergreen tree <15 tall. Glossy green leaves, oval, narrow & pointed. Abundant white, myrtle-like flowers (Jan-Jul). Masses of glossy, oval, rosy-purple berries hanging in bunches.
Grows rapidly in most conditions. Frost tender when young.
Spread by larger birds & possums.
Out-competes & displaces native species. Forms dense stands in open areas.
Maintain rolling front of control. Follow up at least 6-monthly to control seedlings. Replant densely (use pigeon-friendly spp.) where possible to minimise seedling growth.
1. Pull or dig out seedlings.
2. Cut stem or drill holes (1 cut or hole per 100mm stem diameter) fill each cut or hole with 2g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water).
3. Cut & stump paint (5g metsulfuron/1L).
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.