Chinese wax-leaved privet

Chinese wax-leaved privet

Ligustrum lucidum (Oleaceae)

Common Name:

Chinese wax-leaved privet

Scientific Name:

Ligustrum lucidum (Oleaceae)


Alternative common names:

Description:

Evergreen shrub or small tree 3-10m high. Dark green, thick, leathery, glossy leaves sometimes variegated in green and yellow. Heavily, scented white flowers appear in large terminal clusters from October to February. Shiny black berries. It has poisonous fruits and leaves.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Asia (Korea and China).

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 Proposed legislation: NEMBA 2020 - Category 1b in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern and Western Cape, Gauteng and North West, 3 in Free State and Northern Cape.

Where does this species come from?

Asia (Korea and China).

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Eastern and Western Cape.

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and replaces indigenous species. It is poisonous to some animals and humans. Indigenous birds could neglect the dispersal of indigenous plants as a consequence of their preference for the fruits of this alien species.

What does it look like?

General description: An evergreen shrub or small tree growing 3-10m high with dense leaves.
Leaves: Dark green glossy leaves are thick and leathery.
Flowers: Heavily, scented white flowers appear in large terminal clusters from October to February.
Fruit/seeds: Shiny black berries in close bundles.

Does the plant have any uses?

Used as an ornament and for hedging.

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