Ligustrum lucidum
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glossy privet


  • This plant has a Plant Risk Evaluator rating of No PRE Rating
  • This plant has been rated Limited by the California Invasive Plant Council


Native to southern China and Korea. Glossy privet is an evergreen tree that grows 20-40 ft. tall and wide with one or several trunks. It has glossy leaves and flowers that bloom in especially large clusters in late spring and early summer. It has been used as a lawn tree or privacy screen, but there are better alternative plants available and it is rarely used now.

Glossy privet produces a large crop of fruit which will fall on cars, walks, or other paved areas and stain them. The fallen seeds and those dropped by birds sprout profusely in groundcovers and will need to be pulled out. Many people dislike the flowers odor.

It has been documented as occurring in 15 counties of California, with most documented locations adjacent to urban areas. See Calflora for a map of its current distribution in California outside of cultivation.

Why is this plant not included on the invasive plant list?

Glossy privet was included in the 2015 nursery survey and was found at only 1.1% of stores. It used to be planted much more frequently, but it has many attributes that people find undesirable, causing it to be used much less frequently and not a high enough priority to be included on the PlantRight list.

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