Chinese Privet

Ligustrum lucidum, known as glossy privet or Chinese privet, is a evergreen shrub or small tree native to East Asia, including China and Vietnam. It’s cultivated worldwide for its ornamental value.

The Appearance

A small to medium-sized evergreen shrub with a dense, rounded habit and dark green, glossy leaves. It produces clusters of small, white flowers followed by black berries.


The Produce

These fragrant flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of small, white flowers in summer, followed by black berries in autumn.


The Leaves

The leaves are typically lance-shaped or elliptical, with a dark green colour.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental foliage and flowers. Often planted as a hedge or in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Privet is known for its dense, glossy foliage and its use in traditional Chinese medicine.

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