Beau­ti­ful but very weedy dog­wood

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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.

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