Form: tree — perennial
Status: present in WA
A thorny spreading tree native to Asia, up to six metres high and canopy ten metres in diameter. It spreads by seeds.
Stems: Have a zigzag appearance, and have a leaf and thorn at each joint; usually densely branched.
Leaves: Glossy green above, covered with a fine whitish to rusty coloured hairs underneath. Leaves are alternate, elliptical and the margins are slightly toothed.
Flowers: Green and inconspicuous.
Fruit: Pale yellow when mature, almost globe shape about 2.5 centimetres in diameter. It has succulent white flesh with a pleasant apple flavour and surrounds a large globular seed that is covered in a hard stony outer skin.
Agricultural and economic impact
Impenetrable thickets hamper stock management, reduced pasture production and accessibility.
Declared pest category
The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) contains information on the area(s) in which this pest is declared and the control and keeping categories to which it has been assigned in Western Australia (WA). Search for chinee apple in WAOL using the scientific name Ziziphus mauritiana.
Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons
Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons if this pest is found can be sourced through the declared plant requirements link.
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Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
Control methods for this declared plant can be found through the chinee apple control link.