Japanese privet Oleaceae Ligustrum
|Leaf: Opposite, evergreen, simple, elliptical, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margin, thick and leathery; shiny, waxy, dark green above, considerably paler below.
Flower: Perfect, occurring in an upright, terminal panicle (2 to 4 inches long) of small creamy, white flowers, fragrant, appearing in early summer on new growth.
Fruit: Dark blue, round to oblong drupe in clusters, 1/4 inch diameter, ripen in early fall.
Twig: Slender, somewhat square, light brown with numerous white, corky lenticels; buds small and light brown.
Bark: Smooth, gray-brown, numerous lighter lenticels.
Form: Large, upright shrub or small tree, up to 20 feet with a dense crown.
Looks like: Amur privet
- border privet
| Additional Range Information:
Ligustrum japonicum is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting Japanese privet.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson