Threat: High threat environmental weed.
Description: Evergreen large shrub or small tree to 10 metres with one or more trunks and dense crown.
Flowers: Creamy white tube-shaped strongly pungent flowers 4–6mm long with four spreading lobes borne in clusters at end of stem in spring and summer.
Fruit: Oval berries ripening from green to red–black in winter with single seed.
Leaves: Large shiny dark green on top, paler on the underside, opposite, narrow ovate 10–12cm long and 4–8cm wide.
Stems: Woody with small white outgrowths and hairless shoots.
Note: Prefers moist sheltered areas. Fruits spread by birds and animals (e.g. foxes), and in soil. Seeds long lived in soil. Leaves and fruit are poisonous.
Similar indigenous species: Austral Mulberry (Hedycarya angustifolia).
Control measures: Hand weeding, spot spraying, cut and paint or drill/frill and fill with a suitable herbicide
Dispersal: Birds, water, vegetative.