Evergreen shrub < 5 m high. Shoots are angular and usually purple when young. Leaves are glossy, < 6 x 3 cm and entire or toothed. Flowers are fragrant, green and held in axillary racemes. Drupes are broad-obovoid and dark glossy red ripening to black.
To help protect our environment:
Scrublands, forest margins, coastal cliffs, rocky outcrops, plantations.
Seeds dispersed by birds and possibly soil movement. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.
Forms dense stands, preventing the recruitment of native vegetation.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.