5 Invasive Plants To Remove From Your Garden – Part 1

5 Invasive Plants To Remove From Your Garden – Part 1

Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree) Copyright: Suzannah Goss

Australia is well known for its exotic flora and native plants. However, over time, invasive species of plants have made their way into Australian gardens. By colonising the habitat, invasive plants exclude native flowers and plants from gardens and decrease natural biodiversity.

As the owner of 4 Waste Removals, a company that offers garden skip bins in Brisbane, I know a lot about common invasive plants found in Australian gardens. Over the course of my next couple of blogs, I will tell you how to identify and remove 5 common invasive plants from your garden.

1. Camphor Laurel

Native to China and Asia, camphor laurel is a tree that is fairly common in Brisbane. It is a tall tree which is capable of reaching heights of up to 20m. While the camphor laurel tree looks stunning and gives off a pleasant smell, there are a couple of reasons to remove this tree from your garden.

First of all, camphor laurel is extremely hardy and adaptive. While it can grow to massive heights, its roots can damage driveways, walls and house foundations. Moreover, this tree also exhibits self-propagating or weedy characteristics. It is declared as a Class 3 noxious weed and is characterised as extremely invasive.

2. Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

Schefflera actinophylla (Umbrella Tree) Copyright: Suzannah Goss

The umbrella tree and dwarf umbrella tree are also seen quite frequently here in Brisbane. Most people adore the look of this tree, and many even grow them in pots. However, every expert gardener will tell you that this is an invasive species and it must be removed.

This is because the umbrella tree has a strong ability to overtake host trees and can even reach a height of 20m. This tree also is prolific in producing fruits, and it offers a serious threat to all native plants. The roots of the umbrella tree can also cause damage to water pipes and house foundations. Make sure to get rid of this tree from your garden.

3. Ice Cream Bean

The ice cream bean tree is a fairly common species in Australia. The flowers of this tree have a striking appearance, and its fruit is also edible, making it popular in gardens. However, this tree is highly invasive, and it can cause problems to native plants in a garden.

This is because this tree is extremely active in producing flowers and fruits. It also competes aggressively with native plants in gardens for water, light, and resources. Having this tree in your garden will mean that other garden plants will suffer, so make sure to get rid of it.

So, there you go – in this part, we have taken a look at 3 of 5 of the most invasive plants that can be found in Australian gardens. If you intend to remove these plants yourself, you will need a way to discard the brought down tree trunks, branches and foliage. For this, consider hiring one of our garden skip bins here at 4 Waste Removals. With the help of a garden skip, you’ll be able to remove large amounts of garden waste easily.


While Australia is known for its exotic flora, invasive species of plants are also fairly common here. Some of the most invasive plant species that you must remove from your gardens include the camphor laurel tree, the umbrella tree, and the ice cream bean tree.

And, to remove all your garden waste in an easy, efficient and affordable manner, consider hiring our garden skip bins here at 4 Waste Removals. Call us at 07 3343 3030 to hire our garden skip bins in Brisbane today!

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