Family: Oleaceae (Olive Family)
Duration and Habit: Perennial Shrub
Ligustrum quihoui is a semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub, one to three meters high. Ligustrum quihoui can be confused with the morphologically similar Ligustrum sinense (Chinese privet), but can be distinguished by its narrower leaves, highly divaricate branching habit, and narrower inflorescence.
Native Lookalikes: Currently no information available here yet, or there are no native Texas species that could be confused with Quihoui privet.
Ecological Threat: Can out compete native vegetation and when not controlled can create a monoculture and change the understory of a forest.
Biology & Spread: Birds disperse seeds readily.
History: Introduced as an ornamental
U.S. Habitat: Forested areas.
U.S. Nativity: Introduced to U.S.
Native Origin: China
U.S. Present: AR, FL, NC, TX, VA
Distribution in Texas:
List All Observations of Ligustrum quihoui reported by Citizen Scientists
Henderson State University. Ligustrum quihoui. Accessed 19 August 2010 (http://www.hsu.edu/default.aspx?id=47318).
Alfred Rehder, Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs: Hardy in North America, The MacMillan Co., New York (1967), Bailey, L.H. and E.Z. Bailey, Hortus Third: A Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada, MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York , (1977).)
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