Trees & Shrubs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Evergreen shrub to 4 m high. Shiny green leaves with paler grey/green underside, may have an autumn colouring of reddish leaves. Tiny white clusters of flowers in spring and summer. Numerous fleshy, bright red to orange, fruit 0.6-1 cm in diameter in autumn and winter.
Threat / Problem
• Grows vigorously virtually anywhere birds drop seeds. Thickets under perching places displace local native plant species.
• Fruit is spread by birds and dumping of garden waste.
• Best in Spring – before flowering.
• Hand pull small seedlings. Cut and swab, or drill and fill larger plants any time.
• Follow-up to remove root suckers.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Erect shrub to 1 m high by 0.5-2 m wide, single or multi-stemmed, open or dense. Smooth or hairy dark green oval-shaped leaves slightly furry on underside . Tubular to bell-shaped flowers 1.5-4 cm long, green to red with green or yellow tips, usually hanging on short branchlets from May to November that attract honeyeaters.
Found in the understorey of a wide variety of open woodlands and mallee.
OR GROW ME
Usually a low shrub 0.3-0.6 m high, but occasionally to 3 m with distinctive wedge-shaped leaves and clusters of small white flowers with protruding stamens opening from pink to brown buds from May to September.
Found in mallee on limestone, but also in heath and on sand.
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