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Ligustrum obtusifolium Siebold & Zucc.
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Ligustrum obtusifolium
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Ligustrum obtusifolium

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Ligustrum obtusifolium Sieb. & Zucc.

Ligustrum obtusifolium plant

Family - Oleaceae

Stems - Multiple to single from base, branching, woody, to +/-3m tall. Twigs pubescent with distinct long and short hairs.

Leaves - Opposite, short-petiolate. Petioles to 3mm long, pubescent. Blades elliptic to oblong or obovate, glabrous above, mostly glabrous below but with pubescence on midrib, deep green above, light green below, entire, to +6cm long, +2.5cm broad, typically acute.

Ligustrum obtusifolium leaves

Inflorescence - Dense panicles terminating new seasons side branches, to +/-4cm long. Axis dense pubescent. Pedicels to 1mm long, pubescent.

Ligustrum obtusifolium inflorescence Inflorescence.

Flowers - Slightly fragrant. Corolla tubular, 4-lobed, white, to 9mm long total. Lobes in two opposing pairs, to 3mm long, acute, often recurving. Stamens 2, adnate at apex of corolla tube. Filaments very short. Anthers brownish-yellow, 3mm long, slightly exserted. Ovary green, globose, glabrous. Style 2.5mm long, glabrous, white, included. Stigma capitate. Calyx tube to -2mm long, 1.4mm in diameter, pubescent, 4-lobed. Lobes very shallow. Drupes to +/-6mm long, ovoid, bluish-black.

Ligustrum obtusifolium flowers Flowers.

Ligustrum obtusifolium fruits Fruits.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Moist woods, streambanks, also cultivated.

Origin - Native to Asia.

Other info. - There are other species of Ligustrum which are cultivated in Missouri and escaping into the wild, as this species has done. The majority of these species are fairly difficult to tell apart. These plants should not be willingly spread as they can be invasive and are beginning to become common.

Photographs taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 5-12-00.

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Ligustrum obtusifolium Siebold & Zucc.
border privet

General Information
Symbol: LIOB
Group: Dicot
Family: Oleaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Shrub
Native Status : L48   I
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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Scrophulariales
Family Oleaceae – Olive family
Genus Ligustrum L. – privet
Species Ligustrum obtusifolium Siebold & Zucc. – border privet

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Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds .
Connecticut border privet Potentially invasive, banned
Massachusetts border privet Prohibited
New Hampshire blunt-leaved privet Prohibited invasive Species
U.S. Weed Information
Ligustrum obtusifolium blunt-leaved privet This plant can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states . State agriculture or natural resource departments.

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