Evergreen shrub to 3 m or more tall. Branchlets with short down at first that is soon lost. Leaves 6-10 cm long, more or less ovate, hairless, leathery. Leaf stalk mostly 0.5-1 cm long. Flower clusters to about 10 cm long and nearly as broad. Flowers with tubes slightly longer than the lobes; summer to autumn. Fruits black, about 5 mm wide.
N China, Japan, Korea
Source: (2002). Oleaceae. In: . 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.
Privet. Leaves dark green, crowded on the stem, near orbicular and leathery.
Introduced to Western horticulture from Japanese gardens in the mid-19th century and, as it is apparently not known in the wild, recognition as a botanical form or variety appears unwarranted.