|Botanical Name||Olea europaea subsp. africana|
DescriptionBushy tree or shrub. Leaves scaly, usually opposite and lanceolate or narrow-elliptic (rounded at both ends, widest in middle) to 110 mm. Appearing pale or slightly silvery beneath, dark green above. Flowers small and 4-12 lobed. Stone fruit, round, 5-8 mm diameter, glossy, green, becoming red and then black.
Where is it found?Open coastal shrub and modified areas near native forest margins. Inshore and offshore islands. Raoul Island.
Why is it a problem?Extremely aggressive weed on Norfolk Island and showing similar tendencies on Raoul. Occasional around Auckland City and inner Hauraki Gulf islands. Displaces coastal shrubs and trees.
How does it spread?Bird dispersed seeds. Often grown as hedges and sold in nurseries.
How do I get rid of it?
Hand pull seedlings, break stems and hang nearby to desiccate. Fell larger trees and treat the stump with herbicide.
Remove all seeds from felled trees and burn. Felled trees should desiccate and decompose in situ providing the cut end is elevated off the ground.
Hand pull seedlings and fell larger trees.