Chinese privet
Ligustrum sinense
  • FAMILY: OLEACEAE
  • ALTERNATE COMMON NAME:
  • LEAVES: opposite, simple, persistent; margins entire, light green and wavy, not glossy
  • FLOWER: dense clusters, white to yellowish, very fragrant; spring
  • FRUIT: small black drupes in dense clusters
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK:
  • FORM: shrub to small tree
  • HABITAT: understory, moist sites
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative (FAC): Occurs in wetlands or non-wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: exotic; naturalized throughout the south
  • USES: ornamental, wildlife cover; many birds use seed
  • Brief Recognition Features:
    1. opposite, elliptic, light green leaves
    2. dense clusters of black fruit

    NOTES: the difference between Ligustrum vulgare (anthers same length as petals, twigs lightly pubescent) and Ligustrum sinense vulgare (anthers length longer than petals, twigs very pubescent) is of debate; sometimes treated as synonyms of each other