Beautiful but very weedy dogwood
Location: nationwide Distinctive features: its neat habit, yellow flowers and attractive strawberrylike fruit This small evergreen Himalayan tree is quite stunning when covered in its large pale yellow flowers ( January-february) which then develop into round red strawberry-like fruits in March-april. It has dull drooping leaves that are paler underneath and have prominent veins.
Strawberry dogwood grows rapidly, matures quickly, and can produce a large number of seeds that are widely dispersed by birds. It tolerates harsh conditions such as drought and shade and create dense thickets by suckering from a system of underground stems. In Australia it shades and crowds out native under-storey species in tall open forest, and it’s now showing signs of the same behaviour here.