Chinese privet

Scrophulariales > Oleaceae > Ligustrum sinense Lour.
Synonym(s): common chinese privet, common privet

Chinese privet is a semi-evergreen shrub or small tree that grows to 20 ft. (6.1 m) in height. Trunks usually occur as multiple stems with many long, leafy branches. Leaves are opposite, oval, pubescent on the underside of the midvein and less than 2 in. (5 cm) long. Flowering occurs in late spring, when small, white flowers develop at the end of branches in 2-3 in. (5-7.6 cm) long clusters. Fruit are oval, fleshy, less than 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, ripen to a dark purple to black color and persist into winter. Several privet species occur and they are often hard to distinguish. Chinese privet commonly forms dense thickets in fields or in the understory of forests. It shades and out-competes many species and, once established, is very difficult to remove. Chinese privet was introduced into the United States in the early 1852 as an ornamental.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Seedling(s); September
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Troy Evans, , Bugwood.org
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Foliage; May; in flower
Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); in May
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Ronald F. Billings, Texas Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Charles T. Bryson, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Far from choice wildlife food, but eventually winter-hungry birds will eat the fruit and spread the plant like cancer, wherever land is disturbed.
James R. Allison, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); January. Photo from Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses by J.H. Miller and K.V. Miller, published by The University of Georgia Press in cooperation with the Southern Weed Science Society.
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); January
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; April
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; Griffin, GA
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Control; Privet removal with gyro-trac
Scott Horn, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Control; Area after privet removed with gyro-trac
Scott Horn, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Diagram or Graphic;
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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