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Chinese Privet
Ligustrum delavayanum

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: delavayanum (duh-la-vay-AH-num) (Info)




8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Colbert, Georgia

Hinesville, Georgia

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Helotes, Texas

Hondo, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 9, 2011, zdormouse from Athens, GA wrote:

A nasty invasive hereabouts. We have an acre of woods (primarily oak) and the understory is formed mostly by privet and "poke salad." For the last few years I've been pulling young privet and cutting back the larger plants as much as possible but it's brutal work for little reward. Some of the plants that I cut back have taken on rather fun shapes, however :)


On May 12, 2010, JCalhoun from Saraland, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very invasive! They will take over a fence or wood line and hard to get rid of afterwards.


On Apr 24, 2010, dermoidhome from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

In our area (Louisiana 8A) this plant is very invasive. I spent a great deal of time fighting it out of my borders. I can't imagine buying this to plant!