Ligustrum L.


Classical Latin name, possibly from ligo — to bind, as the twigs were used for tying.

Evergreen, semi-deciduous or deciduous shrubs and occasionally small trees. Leaves opposite, simple, entire, short-stalked. Flowers white, in terminal clusters; petals 4, fused into a tube at the base. Stamens 2. Fruit a black berry with 1-4 seeds.

Birds often eat the berries, distributing the seeds in their droppings and this may account for the naturalisation of some species. Widely grown as a hedging plant for the dense foliage and good response to pruning.

Seed. Cultivars by cuttings, budding or grafting.

Flowers creamy white; fruit a berry.

About 50 species from E Asia with 1 from Europe and N Africa.

Green (1995).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Oleaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Oleaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Ligustrum japonicum Thunb.
species         Ligustrum lucidum W,T.Aiton
species         Ligustrum ovalifolium Hassk.
species         Ligustrum sinense Lour.
species         Ligustrum vulgare L.