A twig snapped from a young sappling growing amongst native bush in Titirangi.
The Taiwanese cherry is a deciduous tree that grows up to 8m high. Its leaves are serrated, thin, and cherry-like. The flowers are deep pink, bell-shaped in clusters and it has shiny scarlet fruit 1cm across from October to December. Why is it a problem? Birds spread the seed and it invades all types of shrublands, light gaps in the forest, and roadsides. (Northland Regional Council website).