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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium Hassk.

Overview

Appearance
Ligustrum ovalifolium can grow up to 16.4 ft. (5 m) tall with spreading or arching branches.
Foliage
Leaves are elliptic-ovate to elliptic-oblong, 1.2-2.4 in. (3-6 cm) long, acute, broad-cuneate, dark lustrous green above, yellowish green below. Petioles are 0.12-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) long.
Flowers
Flowers are creamy-white with an unpleasant scent, subsessile in panicles 2-4 in. (5-10 cm) long. Corollas are 0.3 in. (8 mm) long with anthers as long as lobes.
Fruit
Fruits of Ligustrum ovalifolium are 0.2-0.28 in. (5-7 mm) across, and are black when they mature.
Ecological Threat
Ligustrum ovalifolium may invade roadsides, in old fields and in other disturbed habitats. It can also invade natural areas such as floodplain forests and woodlands. It may displace shrubs in regenerating communities and remain persistent in these areas. Ligustrum ovalifolium can form dense thickets that outcompete many kinds of native vegetation. It has been found in California, Canada, the Eastern U.S. States West to Texas and in Puerto Rico.

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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Flower(s)
Leslie J. Mehrhoff
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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Fruit(s)
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Flower(s)
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Ligustrum ovalifolium
Foliage
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Ligustrum ovalifolium
Foliage
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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Twig(s)/Shoot(s)
Robert Vidéki
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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Fruit(s)
Leslie J. Mehrhoff
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California privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium
Flower(s)
Leslie J. Mehrhoff

Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Ligustrum

Other System Links

Plants: LIOV
GRIN: 22089
ITIS: 32977
NPDN Host: 34035

Categories

Category: Shrub or Subshrub
Category: Hardwood Trees