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 to 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 dispersal of seeds.

Control Methods

Physical control

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

Herbicide control

  • Cut and stump paint larger plants with herbicide gel  (glyphosate, metgel or pichloram).

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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