Tree Privet can from dense often pure stands, is allergenic and readily spread by birds.
Tree Privet (Oleaceae – Ligustrum lucidum) is one of four privets that are invading our coastline. Tree Privet is linked to allergies for some people and is easily spread by birds. If it is left it can form almost pure dense stands that inhibit the growth of native species and dominate the canopy.
Tree Privet is in our Dirty Dozen because it forms dense stands inhibiting the growth of native species.
How you can help…
You can remove it by hand pulling small seedlings or you can apply herbicide to remove them. We use Bamboo Buster to ‘ cut and paste’ the stump, for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. For large trees methods include ‘drilling and filling’ or ‘frilling and filling’ with Glyphosate. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to Bamboo Buster or Glyphsate and equipment please contact us on text 022 526 1972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)