Ligustrum lucidum     
Glossy privet   
Oleaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: large shrub or single-stemmed tree, open, less dense than L. japonicum
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 3-12ft, spread varies with training; taller if trained as tree
Leaves: simple, opposite, ovate to lancolate, 3-6in long, end point curves backwards; when held up to light leaf margin is transparent
Flowers: perfect, creamy white, in pyramidal clusters; blooms later than L. japonicum
Fruit: terminal, smaller than pea, blue-black, poisonous
Stems/Trunks: gray
Glossy privet bush
Ligustrum lucidum
trained to tree form
Range/Origin: Korea, China, Japan
Hardiness: to 0°F



close-up of leaf
leaves and flower buds
on branch terminal

old traditional landscape plant
susceptible to Texas root rot

leaves generally larger than L. japonicum, also thinner and softer
the thicker leaves of L. japonicum, snap when bent, L. lucidum leaves just bend

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