Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Glossy Privet - Ligustrum lucidum   W.T. Aiton
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AuthorW.T. Aiton
DistributionScattered from the upper Piedmont to the Outer Banks. Specimens from other counties are either misidentified (L. japonicum) or from cultivated plants. Certainly has escaped to other counties.

Native of China, Korea, Japan; in N.A. MD to FL and TX; also AZ, CA.
AbundanceGenerally uncommon to infrequent.
HabitatEdge of woods, disturbed maritime forests, roadsides, pasture, slopes by rivers and creeks, alluvial woods.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationGlossy Privet is a tall shrub or small tree, potentially up to 40 feet tall. It and L. japonicum have much larger leaves than our other privets, and require some care to separate. Most useful are the shorter flower/fruit stalks and more pairs of leaf veins in L. lucidum -- 6-8 pairs vs. 3-5 pairs in L. japonicum. This species has slightly larger leaves (6-13 cm long vs. 4-8 cm long in L. japonicum), and has long acuminate leaf tips (vs. acute to abruptly acuminate in the other species).
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Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieWhispering Pines, established on Hardee Lane, May 2016. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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