Evergreen or semi-deciduous spiny shrub < 7 m tall. Leaves are leathery, < 75 x 25 mm, and often turn reddish in autumn. Flowers are yellow and are borne in <6cm long clusters in October – November. Berries are oval, red/black, and are borne in March – May.
To help protect our environment:
Disturbed forest and scrubland, tussockland, bare and stony land, cliffs, coastal areas, riparian areas, wasteland.
Seeds dispersed by birds, water, soil movement and possibly possums.
Replaces pasture species, reducing grazing area and impeding livestock movement. Can displace native species in open habitats.
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.