28 May, 2021
Originally from Latin America, it was brought into New Zealand and began to quickly become established in the wild. This vigorous, perennial woody-climber is evergreen and has been proven to be difficult to get rid of once established.
Banana passionfruit causes damage by smothering canopies and allowing stronger invasive vines to quickly take over in its place. It is usually seen in open and disturbed forests, on coast lines, cliffs and up taller-growing trees.
This vine has a pink flower approximately 6-8cm wide and bears thin-skinned fruit that ripens to a yellow-orange colour, with sweet edible pulp inside. It is spread by seed dispersal from birds, possums, pigs and humans.
Pull up roots and cut off the vine above the ground, this can be done all year round. Physical control is better done before fruits develop.
When roots cannot be pulled up, cut the vine back and immediately paint the stump with Cut’N’Paste Metgel. Be careful when using Metgel, as it may effect desirable neighbouring plants.