Large shrub to small tree, multi-branched from base. Leaves are < 12 x 3 cm and elliptic. Flowers are white with purple dots and borne in September – June. Fruit is fleshy and purple.
To help protect our environment:
Coastal ecosystems, cliffs, rocky sites.
Seeds dispersed by birds.
Competes with native coastal plants. May affect genetic diversity of native ngaio (M. laetum) through hybridisation. Toxic to humans and livestock.
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.