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Ligustrum obtusifolium

Ligustrum obtusifolium
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Genus: Ligustrum
L. obtusifolium
Binomial name
Ligustrum obtusifolium

Ligustrum amurense Carrière

Ligustrum obtusifolium (border privet[1] or Amur privet[2]) is a species of privet, native to Japan, Korea and northeastern China (Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, Zhejiang).[3][4] The species is considered invasive in parts of the United States. It has become very common in southern New England, the mid-Atlantic States, and the Great Lakes regions, with scattered occurrences in the South, the Great Plains, and Washington state.[5][6] With Ligustrum ovalifolium it is a parent of the widespread hybrid Ligustrum × ibolium.[7]

Ligustrum obtusifolium is a deciduous shrub growing to 3 metres (9.8 ft) tall. The leaves are 1 to 6 centimetres (0.39 to 2.36 in) long and 4 to 25 millimetres (0.16 to 0.98 in) broad.[3][8]

There are three subspecies:[3]

  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. obtusifolium. Japan.
  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. microphyllum (Nakai) P.S.Green. Eastern China, Korea, Japan.
  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. suave (Kitagawa) Kitagawa. Northeastern China.


Ligustrum means ‘binder’. It was named by Pliny and Virgil.[9]


  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Ligustrum obtusifolium". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Ligustrum amurense". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Flora of China: Ligustrum obtusifolium
  4. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Ligustrum obtusifolium
  5. ^ Swearingen, Jil; Reshetiloff, K.; Slattery, B; Zwicker, S. (2010). Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, 4th Edition (PDF). National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. p. 71.
  6. ^ Biota of North America Program, Ligustrum obtusifolium
  7. ^ "Ligustrum × ibolium". Plant Finder. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  8. ^ Siebold, Philipp Franz von & Zuccarini, Joseph Gerhard. 1846. Abhandlungen der Mathematisch-Physikalischen Classe der Königlich Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 4(3): 168
  9. ^ Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). p 237

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