Chinese Privet
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Chinese Privet
P Introduced Photo: Nishant Chauhan
Common name: Chinese Privet
Botanical name: Ligustrum sinense    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)

Chinese Privet is a semi-deciduous shrub or small tree up to 12 ft tall or more. Flowers are many, white, small, somewhat unpleasantly fragrant, on slender velvet-hairy stalks in narrow, conical panicles, at branch-ends on branchlets. Twigs are densely velvet-hairy. Leaves are opposite, simple, on long twigs, at first glance, may appear compound, all green (in cultivation usually variegated, cream-white and green). Leaf blades are up to 3.7 cm long and 1.8 cm wide, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, with tips blunt, margins entire, and pubescence persistent on midvein below, leaf-stalks short, velvet-hairy. Fruits are dark blue or bluish-black drupes, ellipsoid to subspherical, mostly 4-5 mm long. Chinese Privet is native to Taiwan, China to Vietnam, cultivated in India. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Nishant Chauhan Photographed in cultivation in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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