Chinese privet

COMMON NAME: Chinese privet
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ligustrum sinense
FAMILY: Oleaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial
FEATURES: Perennial shrub reaching up to 10 to 12 feet in height. Stems tan to light brown in color.
Leaves glossy, glabrous, oval shaped. Inflorescence produced in spring forming clusters of
small (0.5 cm in diameter). Inflorescence 20 to 30 cm in length and cylindrical to conical
in shape. Clusters of green berries formed as fruit, turning purple in fall. In winter, plants will
often retain a few leaves and purple berries are prominent.
DESCRIPTION: Invasive weed species of forest edge, forest understory, and field/fence row edges. Widespread
throughout the southeast. In dense stands, Chinese privet will often out compete all native
species.

Broad View Shurb of Chinese privet

Broad View
Shurb of Chinese privet

Flower / Seed Head Close up of flowering stem.

Flower / Seed Head
Close up of flowering stem.

Broad View Chinese privet during winter.

Broad View
Chinese privet during winter.

Flower / Seed Head Close up of fruit.

Flower / Seed Head
Close up of fruit.