Sexton’s bride
Rosaceae - Rhaphiolepis umbellata

What does it look like?

Sexton's bride is a perennial shrub up to approximately 3m tall.  Flowers are borne in clusters of about 20 from July-December.  Petals are white, stamens and sepals pink/red.  Fleshy, purple-black fruit approximately 6-12mm diameter, ripen during March-April.

Preferred habitats include coastal, urban and cliff areas.  It is often an escapee from old hedges and gardens. Also found in transport corridors.  It tolerates very hard dry soils, but doesn't colonise damp sites.

Why is it a problem?

This species has the potential to compete and replace native plants, especially in coastal areas. It has a history of naturalisation overseas. Presumed bird dispersed.

Control Methods

Physical control

  • Pull out small seedlings and either leave on site to rot or mulch.

Herbicide control

  • Cut & stump paint larger plants with Vigilant gel.


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