The invasive African Olive has been spotted in the Toowoomba area (Photo: DAF)

April 12, 201

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has put out an alert after the potentially invasive African Olive was found in the Toowoomba area.

African olive (Olea europaea subsp. Cuspidate) is an evergreen tree that can invade bushland and harbour pests and diseases of commercial olives.

A Department spokesperson said it has the potential to become widespread.

African olive is a multi-branched shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10m high.

The leaves are oval, glossy green on top with yellow-brown underneath, 6-10cm long and 1-4cm wide.

Flowers are creamy-white with four petals, 2-4mm diameter that are joined into a very short tube at the base.

Anyone who sees African Olive should contact DAF on 13-25-24.


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