Growing wild along the bayou in back. TONS of berries.
Elderberry, maybe? In December? And, are the
leaves correct? Not saw-tooth at all, but thick
And leathery like a pear tree. Need to verify
Safe to eat due to neighborhood chillin'
Thanks for the ID assistance!
Hmm. Ligustrum looks like a solid candidate.
Wondering, though. These trees are growing wild
In a swampy area behind my house. They weren't
Planted there. It's native to Asia but is that
Invasive? We built the house three years ago.
Could a neighborhood landscaping have spread
That far and grown (15' minimum) that fast?
New closer pic.
No problem, I am only slightly dissapointed, but very greatful to have the information. Now that I have the plant name, I am reading about allergic reaction to it, and maybe that explains some things going on in our house.
So, in Spring, it's defintely going.
Interesting point, though. Four years ago, our neighborhood was a soybean field alongside a swampy bayou. So, unless it made the jump sooner, these Ligustrum made the leap from someone's ornimental landscaping to swamp-living, berry covered, 20 ft high monsters in a realtively short period. Interesting to me, as novice, anyway. Bah. I needed an excuse to buy a chainsaw. ;-)
So, I guess we call this one 'solved'. Thanks for the assist!
I thought we should be considering Californian Privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium. Waxleaf Ligustrum L. japonicum, is a shorter rarely growing more than 8 feet. L. ovalifolium can reach 15 feet, leaves are dark green above, yellowish-green beneath, as can be clearly seen in the last single photograph.
Perhaps robertleegrant can check it. L. sinense should be leafless by now, and leaves hairy beneath along midrid. L. ovalifolium is semievergreen, and leaves not hairy along midrib. The real distinction is flowers, corolla tube 2-3 times longer than lobes in L. ovalifolium, as long or shorter than lobes in L. sinense.
L. ovalifolium is not listed as occurring in Louisiana (according to http://plants.usda.org which for some reason won't let me link to the actual page for the plant today) It does occur in some nearby states (TX, AL, FL) so I wouldn't completely rule it out, but I think it's more likely to be one of the Ligustrum species known to occur in LA (L. japonicum, L. lucidum, L. sinense, or L. vulgare).