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Glossy Privet

Ligustrum lucidum

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: lucidum (loo-sid-um) (Info)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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


Anniston, Alabama

Atmore, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Burlingame, California

Chowchilla, California

Fresno, California

Marysville, California

Pleasant Hill, California

Sunnyvale, California

Vacaville, California

Bartow, Florida

Live Oak, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Hammond, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada

Concord, North Carolina

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Sumter, South Carolina

De Leon, Texas

Garland, Texas

Helotes, Texas

Plano, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2016, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a 'garbage plant' biologically speaking if being grown out of it's native country. It's invasive and can be highly aggressive with the ability to alter entire ecosystems. Please, for the sake of future generations, avoid planting any non-native Ligustrum species.


On Mar 21, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The pollen is a severe allergen.

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has listed this as a Category I invasive.

It's naturalized in 13 states from California, Arizona, and Texas to Maryland. (BONAP)


On Dec 4, 2014, antibella from Ardmore, PA wrote:

Question: I am interested in planting ligustrum lucidum in eastern PA (zone 7) and note that someone in nearby Downingtown has planted it there, athough it seems to be zoned 8-10. Any comments about cold hardiness? I need lucidum because of its height, and there doesn't seem to be any other hedge that fills the bill heightwise.


On Nov 12, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this gets huge about 12 to 25 feet tall and has such dark almost blackish from far away, glossy leaves, although not as black and glossy as the japanese vareity, this european variety is considered invasive here in NC and spreads like kudzu, but this is one of the most desireable beautiful species i have ever seen here in NC as its leaves are pretty much darker than everything except evergreens and stay healthy most of the starts off with white flowers in late spring which turn into off-white berries in late summer which turn into beautiful blue-gray berries in the winter about 2 weeks before thanksgiving..the birds dont seem to eat the berries so i can imagine they maybe toxic to eat but i am not sure.i wouldnt try it..just beautiful in every aspect though i ho... read more


On Jul 24, 2010, cjaz from Pahrump, NV wrote:

We love the plants, but they are starting to turn brown. I am concerned that they are dying.


On May 9, 2009, village1diot from Vacaville, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Horribly invasive. There must be 200 seedlings around the neighborhood. And when you pull them, you better get the entire root or it will be back. Once established this plant is one tough SOB to kill.


On Apr 23, 2008, paulforbes from Fresno, CA wrote:

The birds eat the seeds and leave them on my patio, elsewhere, the seeds sprout and have to be removed unless I want a forest on my hands. There are hundreds of volunteer trees in my neighborhood. Some trees reach 45' tall and 30' spread. If you like birds, by all means plant this tree in your yard.


On Mar 1, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

How to distinguish Ligustrum japonicum from Ligustrum lucidum:

The leaf tips of Ligustrum japonicum are blunt or bluntly pointed; however, those of Ligustrum lucidum are sharply pointed. The leaf tips of Ligustrum lucidum tend to bend backwards a bit.

Ligustrum japonicum leaves are three to four inches (7.5 to 10 cm) long; whereas, Ligustrum lucidum leaves are four to six inches (10 to 15 cm) long.

When a L. lucidum leaf is backlit by strong light, the lateral veins are lucid and appear as is a halo (pinkish) on the leaf margins. L. japonicum leaf veins are inconspicuous or opaque before a strong light.

L. japonicum usually has a shiny, waxy leaf, whereas, a L. lucidum leaf is dull. L. japonicum leaves snap when bent. L. lu... read more


On Nov 20, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

A wonderful choice for creating a tall privacy hedge or pruned as a small tree. Much better suited to areas where Photinia x fraseri is overused and terribly susceptible to Entomosporium leaf spot. The distribution of seeds and subsequent appearance of seedlings might be frustrating for some gardeners. However, young seedlings are much easier to pull up than comparably sized pecan, mulberry or oak seedlings. Often erroneously referred to as "Japanese Ligustrum" by nurserymen in northern Texas.

4/2015 edited to add: Since someone inquired about winter hardiness, I can attest that nearly mature specimens were frozen and only returned from their roots after our two-week period of sub-freezing temperatures in 1983-1984 here in USDA Zone 8a. Otherwise, usually is unscathed b... read more


On Jun 26, 2007, jabowman78 from Pleasant Hill, CA wrote:

An evergreen shrub that will quickly grow into a tree if left on it's own. Birds gobble up the profusion of berries, spreading seed *everywhere*. I've spent more time pulling seedlings this single plant than any other weed. : /

While this species is nice as a specimen, it should be avoided in general due to it's prolific seed production. Many other non-invasive alternatives exist. If you already have this plant in your landscape removal is difficult.


On Jun 20, 2007, JohnStimson from Sunnyvale, CA wrote:

This is a truly obnoxious invasive tree. There is a large example in my neighbor's yard which drops seeds into my yard. The seeds yield many fast-growing saplings which grow up through the middle of other bushes and trees if that's where they start. Cutting them down does not kill them. They re-grow unless the roots are dug up.


On Dec 20, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum is naturalized in Texas and other States, and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On Jan 1, 2006, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is much more invasive than waxleaf privet and gets much larger. They are found in ditches and along powerlines in my area. They produce thousands of seeds. I dont recommend it.