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Pest Plants

There are a number of woody plants growing in the wild in Marlborough and many of these are threatening our native ecosystems and productive agricultural land. With so many weedy plants out there, it is everyone's responsibility to do their bit to minimise their impact.

The following is a list of plant species including declared pest plants where there are legal obligations for landowners and agencies to undertake control and a number of other invasive plants where there is no legal requirement for landowners to intervene, however voluntarily action is encouraged.

Plants that grow in aquatic environments are listed under Aquatic Pests.

  • Climbing Asparagus >

    Climbing asparagus is a surveillance pest plant in the Marlborough region. Council is aware that this pest poses a risk within Marlborough.
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  • Climbing Spindleberry >

    Climbing spindleberry is declared a total control pest plant throughout the Marlborough region. It has a limited distribution and density.
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  • Contorta pine >

    Pinus contorta is a containment control pest plant in the Marlborough District Council's Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Cotton Thistle >

    Cotton thistle is a surveillance pest plant in Marlborough. Council is aware that this pest poses a risk within Marlborough.
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  • Crack Willow >

    Crack willow is a large tree that originates from Europe and West Asia. It grows in the margins of rivers, streams,ponds and lakes.
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  • Evergreen Buckthorn >

    Evergreen buckthorn is declared a total control pest plant throughout the Marlborough region. It has a limited distribution and density.
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  • Giant Needlegrass >

    Giant needle grass is declared a total control pest plant in the Marlborough District Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Gorse >

    Gorse is a containment control pest plant in the Marlborough District Council’s Regional Pest Management Strategy.
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  • Japanese Honeysuckle >

    Japanese honeysuckle is a vigorous evergreen climber that originates from East Asia. It has tubular white flowers.
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  • Kahili Ginger and Yellow Ginger >

    Kahili and yellow ginger are surveillance pest plants in the Marlborough region. Council is aware that this pest poses a risk within Marlborough.
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