While red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas, when the combination presents itself in an invasive plant species there is nothing festive about it.
The community is being asked to keep a look out for the red and green coloured Brazilian Cherry (Eugenia uniflora) to help Council combat its spread.
The plant is native to South America and is sold as an ornamental hedge and fruit tree.
It features glossy green leaves and bright red cherry-sized fruit and presents a threat to native vegetation.
It is regarded as highly invasive in Queensland, particularly in most fertile soils.
The bright coloured fleshy seeds are highly attractive to birds which result in its dispersal throughout natural areas.
Brazilian cherry is locally declared in the Bundaberg Region under Council’s Biosecurity Plan.
The plant must not be given away, sold or released into the environment without a permit.
Learn more about this plant and send in your sighting via the Council website here.
Have one in your garden? Contact the Land Protection team on 1300 883 699 to find out how you might be eligible for a native plant voucher as part of Council’s Plant Swap Program.