OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ligustrum sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligustrum sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 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

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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_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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JK Marlow    jkm190508_8240

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm210513_0311

May    Oconee County    SC

Boone's Creek Preserve

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

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JK Marlow    jkm210513_0311b

May    Oconee County    SC

Boone's Creek Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm130709_408

July    Greenville County    SC

Colonizing by root sprouts & spread widely by bird & animal dispersed seeds, per A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests.

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Stephanie C. Brundage    scb_082521blairsville101

August    Union County    GA

Meeks Park Disc Golf Course

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

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Gill Newberry    gn09_l_sinense_privet

September        

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JK Marlow    jkm201022_7894

October    Greenville County    SC

"I would rank it a noxious weed, esp in southern states", says Michael Dirr, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

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JK Marlow    jkm151113_762

November    McCormick County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

It thrives in heavy shade and full sun and forms impenetrable thickets, per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.

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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, Chinese Privet

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.

 

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 153-05-004:
Ligustrum sinense   FAMILY Oleaceae

 

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831

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China

Habitat: Moist forests, especially alluvial bottomlands, and also in a wide range of other forests, woodlands, glade edges, etc, 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:

 

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite, or 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

 

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