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Possums are furry, predominantly herbivorous and nocturnal marsupials that spend most of their time in trees.
In New Zealand, the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), an introduced species from Australia, are a serious pest.
Possums are selective browsing feeders and will eat a variety of plants and parts of plants, including leaves, stems, flowers and flower buds, fruit and vegetables. Symptoms include chewed leaves, fruit and flowers or complete defoliation of plants and fruit being eaten entirely.
You may also see possum droppings on the ground and hear possums scampering over (or in) the roof at night.
Edible and ornamental plants including fruit trees, camellias, magnolias, roses and vegetables.
Possums can visit gardens year round, browsing on plants that have fresh new leaves, are flowering or fruiting at that time.