Trees & Shrubs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
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I’M A WEED
Evergreen, erect, sweet-scented, dense, rounded shrub to 1 m high. It forms a single stem at the base, from where numerous slender, erect branches grow.
The leaves are needle-like about 0.8-1 cm long. The entire bush is covered with small, pink or often white, star-shaped flowers from May to October.
Threat / Problem
• Very fast-growing, vigorous competitor that invades native vegetation. Forms dense thickets.
• Produces prolific amounts of seed.
• New plants grow from seed. Seed spread by wind, ants, soil movement and dumping of garden waste.
• Hand pull small plants.
• Cut and swab larger plants.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Heath-like rounded shrub to 2 m, with thin lightweight branches, small narrow aromatic bright green leaves. Flowers are white or pink, deeper in the pointed buds, clustered along arching branches.
After flowering, the bud-leaves hang on for some weeks, shiny and saucer-shaped with long curling threads, turning golden bronze and purplish. Easily propagated from cuttings, and likes well drained soil.
OR GROW ME
Perennial shrub to 1-2 m high, with slender spreading branches. Leaves are small, opposite, crowded, 0.4-0.6 cm long, with oil glands that look like translucent dots.
Flowers are small, white, sometimes pinkish in bud, with five round petals, and occur in clusters of 2 to 3 along the current season’s branchlets from August to November.
Fruit is small, dry, with a solitary seed and does not split open at maturity.
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