Supporting the Nambucca Valley community to promote a healthy and productive catchment
Volunteers removing Coral Berry at Hyland Park
August 26, 2019
A small group of local volunteers have been meeting fortnightly at Hyland Park, removing weeds from the Nature Reserve. Last fortnight this group removed thousands of Coral Berry seeds - Aredisia Crenata - ripe and ready to reproduce. This fortnight volunteers will continue to remove the remaining ripe berry's and then the entire plants. Coral Berry is a small upright shrub usually growing up to two metres in height, and flowers between winter and spring. Coral Berry prefers well-drained, rich soils and flourishes well in shaded positions and along waterways. Often a garden escapee, Coral Berry can spread into Native bushland easily. Coral berry is now naturalised in the coastal districts of eastern Queensland, in north-eastern New South Wales and in the Sydney area. Globally, the species is a major weed pest, now also naturalised in southern Africa, south-eastern United States and other areas. Coral Berry reproduces by its seed, often spread by humans, through garden waste dumping and garden escapees or by water run off, floods and the birds.