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Chinese Privet

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Chinese privet
Chinese privet, flowers; inflorenscense with unopened buds - Photo by Karen Brown; University of Georgia
Scientific Name: 

Ligustrum sinense Lour. (ITIS)

Synonym: 

Ligustrum villosum

Common Name: 

Chinese privet, small-leaf privet, Chinese ligustrum

Native To: 
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.

Spotlights

USDA. FS. Southern Research Station. CompassLive.

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is one of the worst invasive plants in the South. It dominates the shrub layer and often becomes the only shrub underneath trees, especially in streamside areas. But insects and spiders living in fallen leaves and leaf litter were not affected by a privet invasion in Georgia, as a recent study shows.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.

Images

University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Videos

Google. YouTube; University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Chinese Privet.

Council or Task Force
Partnership
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions; Atlas of Living Australia; Australian Government. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Federal Government
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

International Government
Auckland Regional Council (New Zealand).
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).
State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

See also: Plant Industry Pest Alerts for more pests
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets

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

Academic

Mississippi State University. Extension.

See also: Publications - Invasive Plants for more resources

Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Professional

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