Perennial shrub or small tree < 4 m tall. Leaves are grey/green, ovate and densely covered in furry hairs. Flowers are purple and borne in clusters at end of branches. Fruit is a dull yellow berry.
To help protect our environment:
Disturbed habitat, open scrub or forest, roadsides, riparian and field margins, urban areas.
Seeds dispersed by birds and gravity.
Forms dense stands, inhibiting native vegetation regeneration. Displaces pasture species and reduces food availability for stock. Contact may cause skin irritation and respiratory problems.
Avoid using picloram near streams and wetlands. Trees are best controlled standing and allowed to breakdown slowly. 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.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group. Please report to Auckland Council if seen on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.