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General description

Evergreen shrubs < 3 m tall. Flowers are small, white and borne in clusters. Berries are red and borne in bunches.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell cotoneaster within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant cotoneaster within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any cotoneaster on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Open scrub and coastal forest, lava flats, cliffs, forest and riparian margins, roadsides, track margins, grasslands, plantations, wasteland.

Seeds dispersed by birds. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Form dense thickets, preventing regeneration of other plant species in coastal scrubland and grasslands.

Site Management

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.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

khasia berry
Cotoneaster simonsii

Khasia berry has smaller leaves and when in flower has less than 5 flowers per cluster.

Pyracantha angustifolia

Firethorn has narrow oblong shaped leaves and bright orange berries.

Pomaderris kumeraho

Kumarahou has many yellow flowers (Sep-Oct). The undersides of their leaves have pale blue-green tomentose.

Search tags

RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Cotoneaster - Main species image