Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


831

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in moist forests, esp alluvial bottomlands, 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
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Botanical Garden
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
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

...Moist

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite, rarely alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/Cream
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
Synsepalous calyx, lobes minute
4-lobed campanulate 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 sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 153-05-004:
Ligustrum sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinese Privet


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_lisi_012_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401e_06

January    Greenville County    SC

Opposite in 2 rows at near right angles to the stem, ovate to elliptic, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm42911_251

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Stamens extend from the four-lobed corolla, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm5211_40

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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Gill Newberry    gn05_l_sinense_at_road_ed

May        

Often forms dense stands, to the detriment of native understory vegetation, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm080515_031

May    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

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JK Marlow    jkm080515_036

May    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

Thicket-forming shrubs to 30' in height, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm5711_107

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm130709_408

July    Greenville County    SC

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Gill Newberry    gn09_l_sinense_privet

September        

Panicles terminal, many on short lateral branches, pedunculate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Gill Newberry    gn09_ligustyrum_sinense

September        

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JK Marlow    jkm151113_762

November    McCormick County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm071208_008

December    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

One of the most noxious of our weeds, choking out native vegetation, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ligustrum sinense

Roxanna Martin    rlm12510_24

December    Spartanburg County    SC

Dense ovoid drupes hanging or projecting outward, containing 1-4 seeds, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.