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Chinese Privet

Chinese privet

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.


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Council or Task Force

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


Texas Invasives Database - Ligustrum sinense

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Privet, Japanese and 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.

TISI Inventory - Chinese Privet
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

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

NSW WeedWise: Privet - narrow-leaf
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

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

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

State Government

Pest Alert - Ligustrum sinense, Chinese Privet, Small Leaved Privet, a Recently Listed State Noxious Weed (Oct 2014; PDF | 358 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests

Invasive Species Leaflet - Ligustrum sinense (Chinese Privet) (Mar 2010; PDF | 176 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Privets (Japanese, Border, Chinese and Common (PDF | 336 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets 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 Cooperative Extension System.

Plant Profile: 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 Extension. Integrated Pest Management.

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.
See also: Texas Forestry Association's "Dirty Dozen" for more fact sheet


Plants of Hawaii - Ligustrum spp. (Jan 2003; PDF | 35 KB)
Starr Environmental.
See also: Species reports for selected non-native plants on Maui, Hawaii


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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