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Chinese Privet

Oriental bittersweet - Invasive.org

Scientific name: Ligustrum sinense Lour. (ITIS)

Synonym: Ligustrum villosum

Common names: Chinese privet, small-leaf privet, Chinese ligustrum

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Native To: Asia (Cuda et al.)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1800s (Cuda et al.)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Cuda et al.)

Impact: Forms dense thickets that displace native species (Cuda et al.)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southern and Eastern U.S.


Selected Resources:

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Privet - Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Pestfacts: Privet (Oct 1999; PDF | 125 KB)
Auckland Regional Council (New Zealand).


Texas Invasives Database - Ligustrum sinense

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Privet, Chinese
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Ligustrum sinense
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Ligustrum sinense (tree, shrub)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Ligustrum sinense
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Ligustrum spp.
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Chinese Privet
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

International Government

Privet - broad-leaf, small-leaf and European
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Weeds in Australia - Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)
Australian Government. Department of the Environment and Energy.

State Government

Privets (PDF | 113 KB)
Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Ligustrum sinense (Chinese Privet) - Invasive Species Leaflet No. 2 (Mar 2010; PDF | 176 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Privets (Japanese, Border, Chinese and Common (PDF | 336 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants fact sheets (scroll to view) for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands


Control Options for Chinese Privet (Apr 2013)
Alabama A&M University; Auburn University. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, Prospects for Classical Biological Control in the Southeastern United States
University of Florida. IFAS. Integrated Pest Management Florida.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Chinese Privet
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Japanese Privet, Chinese Privet, and Common Privet
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Chinese and European Privet: A Threat to Texas' Forests (PDF | 213 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.


Plants of Hawaii - Ligustrum spp. (Jan 2003; PDF | 35 KB)
Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk.

Biobullies - Privets (PDF | 1.1 MB)
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).
See also: Invasive Species Fact Sheets for the worst trouble-makers in the region, and also for additional trouble-makers for you to watch out for


Cuda, J.P., and M.C. Zeller. Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, Prospects for Classical Biological Control in the Southeastern United States. Florida Agricultural Experiment Station Journal Series No. N 01574.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Ligustrum sinense. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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