Scientific Name:
Ligustrum vulgare L.
Vernacular Name(s):
common privet

Shrub, occasionally a small tree, to 5 m tall, deciduous, or partly so in warmer areas. Shoots puberulent. Petioles to 5 mm long, glabrous. Lamina 2–6 × 0.75–2.5 cm, lanceolate, elliptic, sometimes obovate (lvs of vegetative shoots often narrower), glabrous, dark shining green above; base cuneate; apex obtuse to acute. Panicles dense, pyramidal, to c. 8 cm long; branches densely puberulent, often angular; pedicels very short. Bracts and bracteoles linear-subulate to lanceolate or ovate, persisting after flowering, the lowest to 1.2 cm long. Fls fragrant. Calyx c. 1 mm long, glabrous; teeth very small. Corolla white; tube c. 2 mm long; lobes c. 3 mm long, ovate, spreading, somewhat involute at margin, obtuse. Stamens exserted, slightly < length of corolla lobes; anthers yellow. Style sightly exserted. Fr. (3)–5–10 mm diam., globose or subglobose, glossy black. Seed 4–5 mm long, obovoid to ellipsoid, flattened, shallowly ribbed.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Jan.