About This Plant

Ligustrum lucidum, known as glossy privet or Chinese privet, is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to East Asia, including China and Vietnam. It’s cultivated worldwide for its ornamental value. Typically reaching heights of 10 to 30 feet (3 to 9 meters), it boasts glossy, dark green leaves arranged in pairs along its stems. While prized for hedging and landscaping, it can become invasive and is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

The Story

Leaf

The glossy privet is characterised by its opposite, glossy, and leathery leaves. The leaves are typically lance-shaped or elliptical, with a dark green colour.

Produce

The shrub produces panicles of small, white, tubular flowers in late spring to early summer. These fragrant flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators. After flowering, the glossy privet develops small, round berries that transition from green to black as they ripen. These berries are a key identifying feature of the plant.
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