Ligustrum sinense Lour.

Small-leaved Privet

Fl. Cochinch. 1: 19 (1790) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub or small tree 2–4(–7) m high, evergreen to semi-deciduous; stems villous, pubescent, pilose, puberulent to glabrescent yellowish lenticels. Leaves ovate, oblong, elliptic to lanceolate, or suborbicular, 2–7(–13) cm long, 1–3(–5.5) cm wide, acute to acuminate, c. concolourous, densely villous to sparsely pubescent or glabrous except for midrib below; petiole 2–8 mm long. Panicles terminal or axillary, 4–11 cm long, oblong; pedicels 1–5 mm long. Calyx 1–1.5 mm long, with obscure triangular teeth. Corolla 3.5–5.5 mm long, white; corolla-tube slightly shorter than lobes, spreading at anthesis; stamens 2.5–4 mm long, anthers exserted or level with corolla-lobes. Berry subglobose, 5–8 mm diam., fleshy, black; seeds 1–2. Flowers mainly late winter–spring.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised in Qld, NSW, ACT. Native to China. Naturalised in Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland along the Ovens River at Wangaratta and in dry sclerophyll forest near Whitfield.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-04-12
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-19
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Oleaceae
genus Ligustrum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Ligustrum sinense in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ligustrum sinense in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory