Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


832

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: Europe & northern Africa
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Common (rare in NC)

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
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite, rarely alternate

FLOWER:
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 vulgare   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum vulgare   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
European Privet, Common Privet


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_livu_001_lvd

        

image of Ligustrum vulgare

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_livu_003_lvd

        

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Mark Frey, The Presidio Trust , Bugwood.org    bug_1562044

March?        

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Nava Tabak, Invasive Plant Atlas of New England, Bugwood.org    bug_5078032

Month Unknown        

Leaves elliptic-lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, apex obtuse to acute, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ligustrum vulgare

Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org    bug_5307094

Month Unknown        

image of Ligustrum vulgare

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5396159

Month Unknown        Hungary

Flowers of a heavy objectionable odor, in dense terminal 1-3" panicles, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

image of Ligustrum vulgare

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5397687

Month Unknown        Hungary

Fruit a lustrous black 1/3" berry-like drupe which persists thru March+, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.