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Climbing spindleberry is a woody perennial vine, sometimes occurring as a trailing shrub. It is deciduous (loses its leaves in winter). The outer surface of its roots is characteristically bright orange.
The bark of climbing spindleberry is greyish-brown with lenticles (raised areas), which sometimes form sharp spines on winter growth. Spindleberry’s brightly coloured fruits have made climbing spindleberry popular for use in floral arrangements.
Climbing spindleberry is a deciduous climber that can grow up to 12m high and forms stems up to 20cm in diameter. It is an aggressive invader that threatens native bush, forestry and open areas. Its seedlings are shade-tolerant. It is particularly of threat to production forestry because it can strangle pine trees.
Climbing spindleberry is found in several locations in the northern North Island in small isolated patches. In the Waikato, most sites are south of Hamilton, mainly in the Taupō and King Country areas.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for the control of climbing spindleberry. If you think you’ve seen it, call us – do not attempt to remove it yourself. However, landowners/occupiers are encouraged to report climbing spindleberry on their properties and liaise with Waikato Regional Council in areas where control programmes are in place. Climbing spindleberry is also banned from being sold, propagated, distributed or included in commercial displays.
If you see this weed on your property, do not cut or treat it. Call 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732) to report it to your local biosecurity pest plant officer.
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