Callistachys lanceolata


Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Australia

Oxylobium stem tips with flowers and seed heads.
Oxylobium flowers are orange / yellow and a similar shape to pea flowers. Flowers mature into seed pods which become hard as they mature.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Whole region — Sustained control
  • Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest

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General description

Tall evergreen shrub < 8 m tall. Stems are angular and densely hairy. Leaves are narrow, oval, < 8 cm long, silky when young and smooth when mature. Flowers are yellow/orange, pea-like and borne in dense terminal racemes in spring. Seed pods are hard and are ribbed when mature.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell oxylobium within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant oxylobium within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any oxylobium on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.


Shrubland, grassland, tussock, wetlands, wasteland, disturbed areas.


Seeds dispersed by water and movement of contaminated soil by livestock. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and movement of contaminated soil on machinery and vehicles.

Impact on environment

Competes with native short-stature plants. Nitrogen fixer. May facilitate invasion by other exotic plants.


Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds.

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical.


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel or ringbark stem and paste with metsulfuron gel.

Basic Growsafe certified: Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 2g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user: Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant. Drill and inject trees with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water if safe to do so. Drill 18mm holes (tangentially angled downwards) in a spiral up the trunk.

For 50mm stems drill one hole. For 100mm stems drill two holes. For larger stems drill holes 150mm apart.

Safety notes

Large trees must not be drilled that are closer than 1.5 times the height of the tree from paths, walkways and property.

Trees over 4 metres in height should be removed by a qualified arborist.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Oxylobium shrub with flowers.
An evergreen shrub that can grow up to 8m tall. Oxylobium stems are angular instead of round and covered in dense hairs.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Oxylobium canopy top with flowers and seed heads.
A legume that fixes nitrogen in the soil and can grow in low fertility soils. Oxylobium outcompetes native trees and can take over an area.