The Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has designated this species as one of Hawaii’s Most Invasive Horticultural Plants.
- Multi-stemmed, woody shrub with arching branches up to 10’ tall
- 1/2″ to 1” long oblong gray-green leaves with matted hairs on the undersides
- Produces clusters of 1/4” long, five petaled white flowers followed by round dull red fruit which contain 1-4 seeds
- Forms dense monotypic stands in dry or wet open areas including pastures and roadsides
- Prefers cooler climates and poses a risk to native mid-elevation forests since its fruit is bird dispersed and can readily germinate under most conditions
- Big Island – Found in Paauilo, Puu Makaala, and Ocean View
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