What does it look like?
Deciduous, small, spreading tree usually 3-8m tall when mature. Leaves are hairless, thin, usually 130x60mm with a long tapered tip. Red bell-shaped flowers appear between July-September, hanging in clusters of 2-3 on short stalks. Fruit are scarlet, up to 12x10mm, like a small cherry. Seeds are up to 9mm long.
Preferred habitats include native forest, including urban fragments, regenerating secondary bush, and relatively intact forest via canopy gaps, edges and riparian margins. Roadsides. Occasionally occurs as an epiphyte. Tolerates semi-shade. Urban forest fragments are the most invaded, likely due to current propagule pressure more than environmental tolerances.
Why is it a problem?
Taiwan cherry invades all types of shrublands, light gaps in the forest, roadsides, gardens and reserves. It has the potential to spread and dominate over native vegetation displacing it completely and negatively impacting on entire naturally occurring ecosystems.
- Pull (all year round): pull out seedlings and small plants. Mulch.
- Cut and stump treat (all year round): paint freshly cut stump with metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (5g/L) or Tordon Brushkiller (100ml/L). Mulch cut branches and leaves.
- Cut and inject (all year round): cut a notch in the trunk on a downward angle and inject with 2 ml metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (20g/L) or 10 ml Tordon Brushkiller.
- Drill and inject (all year round): drill holes around trunk at 5cm intervals and inject with 2 ml metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (20g/L) or 10 ml Tordon Brushkiller.
- Ringbark and inject (all year round): cut a complete ring around the trunk on a downward angle and inject with metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (20g/L) or Tordon Brushkiller (100ml/L).
- Overall spray (summer): metsulfuron-methyl 600g/kg (5g/10L) or Tordon Brushkiller (6ml/L).