Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3202 X
About the guide
Blackberry is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.
Blackberry has invaded the banks of watercourses, roadsides, pastures, orchards, plantations, forests and bushland throughout temperate Australia. On farms blackberries reduce pasture production, restrict access to water and land, and provide food and shelter for pest animals such as foxes. In some cases the cost of plantation forestry may be increased, especially during establishment, because blackberries impede access for manual operations.
Other impacts are increased fire hazards caused by the large amount of dead material present in blackberry thickets and a substantial decrease in property values where heavy infestations occur. Control costs are often high.
Weeds such as blackberries also affect tourism, reducing the natural attraction of the bush and hindering recreational activities where thickets prevent access to natural features.
For information about national blackberry management please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Extent in Australia||Potential distribution|
|WA, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS, ACT||Could further expand in current locations|