|Botanical Name||Eucalyptus spp.|
|Origin||Mostly Australia, few from Philippines|
DescriptionTrees and shrubs, initial leaves opposite on juvenile plants, otherwise alternate, with aromatic oil glands. Leaves sometimes sickle-shaped and blue-green. Bark smooth, peeling or fibrous. Flowers in heads with numerous stamens (like pohutukawa). Fruit a woody capsule. E. botryoides is the commonest wild species.
Where is it found?Indigenous shrub, lowland areas. Habitat preference is species specific. Spread from plantings and not widespread in the wild.
Why is it a problem?Inhibit growth around themselves through the releasing of toxins into the soil via leaf and bark mulch and insect frass
How does it spread?Planted for timber and wind-breaks.
How do I get rid of it?
Hand pull seedlings. Chainsaw larger trees, some species will regrow from stump, treat with suitable herbicide.
Fell tree and treat with herbicide. If chemical treatment of the stump is not carried out the stump may resprout.
|Recommended Approach||Hand pull seedlings. Cut and treat larger trees.|