Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


829

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: Japan & Korea
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

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:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
NC Department of Transportation
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:
Spring/Summer
White/Cream
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes obsolete
4-lobed salverform corolla
2 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a many-flowered terminal panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue
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 japonicum   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum japonicum   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 153-05-002:
Ligustrum japonicum   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Privet


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JK Marlow    jkm170527_033

May    Abbeville County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm170527_035

May    Abbeville County    SC

In cultivation

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JK Marlow    jkm170527_573

May    Abbeville County    SC

In cultivation

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Roxanna Martin    rlm61210_25

June    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0307e_13

July    Greenville County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm7108_023

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Loosely branching conical clusters of flowers, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308a_36

August    Williamsburg County    SC

Leaves mostly (3)4-8(9)cm long, apex acute to abruptly acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.

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Paul Thompson    pstligustrum_japonicum

September?        

Note the prominent lenticels on twigs. — Clemson Extension

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Roxanna Martin    rlm122708_128

December    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm12708_142

December    Spartanburg County    SC

Conical-shaped, branched terminal clusters of ovoid drupes, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.