Description: Able to grow up to 49′ with broad distinct leaves and shallow roots.
Leaves: Large wide leaves with a prominent mid vein. The upper surface of the leaf is green and the underside is a dark purple. Each leaf can get up to 3′ wide.
Flower: Large panicles of small white and pink flowers.
Fruit: Tiny purple fruits are about 1/2 cm in diameter and packed with about 120-230 seeds that can survive in the soil for years.. The fruit is liked by birds and animals.
Impact: Overgrows and shades out other plants. Can cause land erosion by taking over forests and its shallow roots do a poor job of holding onto soil. Spreads quickly by seed and can stay viable for years.