Brush cherry (Syzygium paniculatum)

Also known as: magenta cherry



Brush cherry is a declared noxious plant on Lord Howe Island in order to protect the island's unique World Heritage Listed ecosystem. Brush cherry is a native plant of mainland NSW. 


Brush cherry is a rainforest species that can form a tree, generally 3-8 m high and shrubby in form. The bark is flaky, leaves are dark green and smooth. Flowers are creamy white and the fruit is 15-25 mm berry-like and magenta in colour, or occasionally white, pink or purple. 

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Brush cherry (Syzygium paniculatum).

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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

Area Class Legal requirements
Lord Howe Island 3 Regionally Controlled Weed
The plant must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed and the plant must not be sold, propagated or knowingly distributed

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2014