Trees & Shrubs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Itchy Powder Tree
Erect tree with branches along most of the trunk, usually narrowly pyramid-shaped, 10-12 m high
with dark-grey rough bark. Leaves are shiny, olive-green on the upper face and paler grey-green beneath,
4-12 cm long by 2.5-5 cm wide. Flowers appear in late spring or early summer. They are solitary, pink, waxy, with 5 petals.
Threat / Problem
• Fruits contain hairs that can cause skin irritation.
• Movement of seed-contaminated soil and water flow.
• Hand pull small seedlings. Cut and swab, or drill and fill larger plants any time.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Multi or less often single-stemmed, smooth-barked shrubs or trees to 10 m high. Leaves are variable, usually 6-10 cm long by 1.5-2 cm wide, dull grey-green with faint veins. Flowers are white, in groups of 7-13 in leaf axils. Buds are often prolific on short stems and form woody hemispherical, flat-topped fruits 0.7-1.2 cm by 0.8-1.5 cm.
Widely distributed in coastal areas, growing in sandy soils over limestone and on exposed limestone.
Found in understorey of coastal and inland mallee.
OR GROW ME
Multi or less often single-stemmed trees to 3-6 m high with smooth, light-grey or grey-brown bark, shedding in strips. Leaves are thick, leathery, dullish or somewhat glossy, green, 5-14 cm long
by 1-3 cm wide. Flowers are white or cream, in groups of up to 13.
Buds and fruits occur in tightly grouped clusters of seven. Fruits are hemispherical, often wider than they are long.
Restricted to the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula in dense mallee on well-drained fertile loams over limestone and exposed limestone.
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