Ligustrum (weeds)

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Ligustrum (weeds) L. - (privet)

This genus contains around 40-50 species of shrubs. They are often grown as ornamentals, e.g. as hedges, but several species are invasive, suppress native plants and can form dense stands. These include Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, in North America and broadleaf privet, Ligustrum lucidum, in various regions.

The species have elongated opposite leaves with an entire margin. The flower heads contain many small white flowers with four petals which are joined at the base to form a tube. The fruits are black berries.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: