Trees & Shrubs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
New Zealand Mirror Bush
Evergreen shrub from New Zealand to 8 m high. The fleshy leaves, bright green above and pale beneath, are
very glossy and a distinctive feature of this plant. Flowers are small, white, in terminal clusters and fruits are clusters of orange berries.
Vigorous, very hardy and grows on coastal headlands and heathland and tolerates drought, fire, salt spray and most soil types.
Threat / Problem
• Invasive in coastal environments and can form dense clumps in bushland excluding native plants.
• Succulent fruits spread by birds and movement of seedcontaminated soil.
• Hand pull small plants.
• Cut and swab larger plants any time.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Prostrate dense shrub up to 0.3 m high. Attractive glossy green leaves are rounded and broad, 1-3 cm long by 0.8-3 cm wide.
Flowers are small and white 0.3-0.4 cm long, forming compact clusters from August to October.
Grows on foredunes and clifftops. Good plant for limestone areas.
OR GROW ME
A grass tree, this tufted plant supports a dense crown of grasslike leaves up to 1 m long which gracefully arch downward.
Flower stalks to 3 m are a feature of this plant and attract a wide variety of insects and birds. Can occur on coastal cliffs in higher rainfall areas, between rocks, with inland forms also on red and brown soils.
Slow growing, but worth the effort. Can be grown very successfully in pots. Butterfly nectar plant.
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