Taiwan cherry
Rosaceae - Prunus campanulata

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 and pink bell-shaped flowers appear between July to 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.  Along roadsides. it occasionally occurs as an epiphyte.  Tolerant of semi-shade.  Urban forest margins are the most invaded.  This is 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.

Control Methods

Physical control

  • Pull out seedlings and small plants all year round. Can mulch.

Herbicide control

  • Cut and stump treat (all year round): paint freshly cut stump with 5g metsulfuron-methyl (600g/kg) per 1L water or 100ml Tordon Brushkiller per 1L of water. Mulch cut branches and leaves.
  • Cut and inject (all year round): cut a notch in the trunk on a downward angle and inject with 250ml glyphosate per 750ml water or 10 ml undiluted Tordon Brushkiller.
  • Drill and inject (all year round): drill 10-12mm holes around trunk at 200mm intervals and inject with undiluted glyphosate.
  • Ringbark and inject (all year round): cut a complete ring around the trunk on a downward angle spray with 250ml glyphosate per 750ml water
  • Overall spray (summer): 100ml glyphosate (360g/l)+penetrant per 10L water.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide, PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed. 

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