Chinese privet Oleaceae Ligustrum sinense
Leaf:Opposite, simple, semi-evergreen, oblong, wedge shaped base, short petiole, entire margins, dark green, 1 to 2 inches long, 0.5 inches wide, closely spaced along twig; midvein typically fuzzy on underside.
Flower:Tall, loose, spike like panicles (2 to 4 inches long) of very fragrant small white flowers; anthers extend beyond end of petals; fuzzed portion of corolla about same length (or shorter) as petals; appear on nearly leafless lateral branches and on terminal twigs in late spring.
Fruit:Shiny blue-black drupe often with a white waxy bloom, 1/4 inch across, ripen in fall and persist through winter.
Twig:Slender, fuzzy, grey brown, very small buds; often many, opposite thorn like dead twigs persist.
Bark:Smooth gray-brown, numerous lighter, horizontal lenticels.
Form:A large shrub to small tree up to 20 feet tall typically with numerous stems.