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Weed of the Month

Weed of the Month: Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)

Originally from West China, jasmine may smell and look fantastic, but this is one very nasty weed. As a rapidly growing climber it is able to reach even the highest of established trees, smothering and eventually killing them. This is a great time of year to get into the bush to take out jasmine, before the weather warms and the bees and wasps are out in full force.

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Climbing Asparagus – asparagus scandens 

Regularly called public enemy number one, climbing asparagus has earned its reputation for being a prolific scrambler/climber that smothers our natives before we have even had a chance to spot it. Waiatarua has a particularly bad climbing asparagus problem. It is spread mainly by birds, particularly blackbirds. You may spot it thanks to its white flowers and round berries (green ripening to orange) at this time-of-year. 

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