Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2499

Shrub
Perennial

Non-native: Japan
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in disturbed places, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite
Petioles almost absent or to 6mm long

FLOWER:
Summer
White/Cream
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx
4-lobed funnelform corolla
2 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a many-flowered terminal panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black/ Purple-black
Drupe

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum obtusifolium   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Ligustrum obtusifolium

 

COMMON NAME:
Border Privet


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image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453177

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image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453188

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Flowers unpleasantly fragrant, borne in nodding panicles, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453196

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Fruit is a black to blue-black (dark gray) slightly bloomy berry-like drupe, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453209

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image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453233

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image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org     bug_5453240

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image of Ligustrum obtusifolium var. obtusifolium

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org    bug_5453240b

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Lvs elliptic-oblong, 2.5-6cm x 0.8-2.5cm, hairless green above, hairy below, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.