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Ligustrum lucidum

Glossy privet

Photographer: James H. Miller
Source: USDA Forest Service,


Tree privet is a fast-growing evergreen tree approximately 25ft (8m.) to 40ft (14m.) in height with a 25ft (8m.) to 35ft (12m.) spread. It has a dense canopy of bending branches composed of glossy green leaves which have narrow, translucent margins, (Gilman & Watson, 1993). Leaves are dark green, with a paler green undersurface. Flowers are produced in large clusters and are small, cream-coloured and strongly scented (Environment B.O.P). After pollination by insects fruits ripen into bunches of small, oblong, 1 cm long, purplish black berries. Both leaves and fruit are poisonous to humans, (South Coast Weeds, Eurobodalla Shire Council).

Photographer: Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia,

The hand in this photo provides some scale.

Photographer: James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service,

Fruit. Also illustrates the narrow, translucent margins of the leaves. The leaves are also not as thick and tough (robust) at the leaves of Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum).