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What is this tree - Please ID

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Linton starts with ...
Often visit this tree growing in a nearby park but have no idea what it is. I wish to learn it's species name so please tell me if you know it. Thank you.
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Linton
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Its a Solanum, looks like a Devils Fig. Might be useful as rootstocks for Eggplant etc as its a much larger plant.
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phil@tyalgum says...
It appears to be S chrysotrichum. Councils are battling with it up here, interesting to see a large specimen in Melbourne doing well.
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Linton says...
Thanks for your identification, didn't know that they could grow so big.

It's strange that this species is growing in a park where the local council is responsible for the plantings and maintenance of the trees there. It makes you wonder if their gardeners are aware of it's weed status.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
It may not be such a problem in that environment. The problem weeds in Nth Nsw or Nth Qld may just get by in Vic. Some tender garden plants in Vic may naturalise in warmer environments.
I wonder what the problem is with this species?? These Solanums are pioneer species on disturbed sites, and Tobacco Bush S. mauritianum is considered to have some benefit in attracting fruit eating bird species, who poop out seeds of native trees to aid regeneration.
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