Himalayan wineberry was detected in Albany, Auckland in June 2019. Find out about this invasive species, what we're doing, and how you can help by reporting sightings.
Background and situation
Himalayan wineberry (also known as Yellow Himalayan raspberry) is considered one of the world’s top 100 invasive species. It is known to be highly invasive. It can have a negative impact on natural or managed forests, grasslands, rural, and urban areas. The species:
- can survive a wide range of habitats
- smothers other vegetation
- is difficult to control and eliminate.
Risk to New Zealand
Biosecurity New Zealand is assessing the potential risk of Himalayan wineberry to New Zealand.
What we are doing
We are working with local authorities to identify the extent of the spread as well as possible control methods.
What you can do
We need you to tell us if you see a Himalayan wineberry.
The plant is a prickly bramble shrub which can grow 1 metre to 4 metres tall and may be mistaken for other bramble species such as blackberry.
How to report sightings
If you see this pest plant:
- take a photo of the plant, including any berries and flowers it may have
- take a photo of the location of the plant or if possible record the GPS location of the plant
- phone our pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66
These pictures will help you identify Himalayan wineberry. On the left are pictures of Himalayan wineberry and on the right, blackberry.