Japanese privet Oleaceae Ligustrum japonicum Thunb. Listen to the Latin   symbol: LIJA
Other Fact Sheets
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 - devilwood - desert-olive
USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture
Ligustrum japonicum is planted in the highlighted USDA hardiness zones to the left and may seed into the landscape. See a map of the states in which Japanese privet has escaped (opens a new window).

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