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Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, San Francisco, CA and Ukiah, CA
Glossy Privet is used extensively as a shrub or tree standard. It is tough and durable, and its dark shiny green foliage makes it desirable. The showy white flower clusters are attractive, however, the odor may be objectionable. The profusion of berries afterward are not especially attractive and can be messy. It reseeds freely and is drought tolerant. It takes shearing. It often requires regularly scheduled light top-trimming (but not necessarily shearing) of vigorous top shoots to maintain a lower height.
Cal-IPC (California Invasive Plant Council) classifies this plant as invasive and warns that it may prove to be problematic in riparian areas.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to China, Korea, and Japan.
A Ligustrum lucidum in Sacramento Capital Park #306 is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 62 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 107 inches and a crown spread of 65 feet.
Compact and Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 35 - 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Prolific, Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.
Bark Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 5, 6 and 8 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids and Leaf Miner, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ligustrum lucidum Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jun 24, 2018.
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