Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


830

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China, Japan & Korea
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:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite, rarely alternate

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

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue-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 (11/30/12):
Ligustrum lucidum   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum lucidum   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Glossy Privet, Broadleaf Privet


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image of Ligustrum lucidum

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2307086

June        

Stem round in cross-section, light gray and relatively smooth w no fissures, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

JK Marlow    jkm160915_063

September    Beaufort County    SC

Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve

image of Ligustrum lucidum

JK Marlow    jkm160915_065

September    Beaufort County    SC

Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve

Primary lateral veins translucent, (5)6-8 pr (vs. L. japonicum's 3-5 pr), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

JK Marlow    jkm160915_066

September    Beaufort County    SC

Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve

Petioles 1-3cm, per Flora of China.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2307084

October        

Branches brownish-gray with raised light dots (lenticels), per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_2307087

December        

Conical, branched terminal clusters of ovoid drupes ripen to blue-black, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org    bug_1120553

Month Unknown        

Loosely branching, terminal and upper axillary conical clusters of flowers, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org     bug_5307089

Month Unknown        

image of Ligustrum lucidum

Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org     bug_5408155

Month Unknown        

Leaves usually 6-13cm long; apex usually long-acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ligustrum lucidum

Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5476278

Month Unknown        GA