Chinese Privet

Also known as:
Small Leaved Privet

General description

Chinese privet is semi-deciduous in colder areas, only grows to 5m high, has dull green leaves with a rounded tip and a hairy midrib on the underside. White tubular flowers (Oct-Mar) with characteristic purple or mauve anthers.

Hedgerows, roadsides, lowland & coastal forest, wastelands, plantations. Tolerates wide range of conditions. Widespread & common.

Seed dispersed by birds.

Chinese privet displaces forest shrub tier & marginal shrubs in alluvial forests. Leaves & fruit poisonous, perfume contributes to asthma.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Pull or dig seedlings.
2. Cut & stump paint (1g metsulfuron/1L).
3. All year round drill 1 hole per 20cm stem diameter & fill each hole with 2g metsulfuron (dissolved in approx 50ml water).
4. Spray spring autumn, (5g metsulfuron+10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

tree privet
Ligustrum lucidum

Tree privet is a much taller tree. It has larger leaves that have a more defined tip. The infloresences are more yellow-white and lack purple anthers.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
Chinese privet - Main species image