Ligustrum ovalifolium Hassk.

Japanese Privet

Cat. Hort. Bot. Bogor 119 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Shrub to c. 5 m high, evergreen to semi-deciduous; stems with yellowish lenticels, glabrous or with dense short antrorse hairs. Leaves elliptic, ovate or obovate, mostly 2–6 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, rounded and apiculate or acute to acuminate, c. concolorous, glabrous; petiole 1–5 mm long. Panicles 5–15 cm long, pyramidal to ovoid; pedicels to 2 mm long. Calyx 2–3 mm long, with obscure triangular teeth; corolla 6–8 mm long, white; corolla-tube slightly longer than lobes, lobes reflexed at anthesis; stamens 3–3.5 mm long, anthers exserted. Berry globose, 810 mm diam., fleshy, purplish black; seeds 1–2. Flowers late spring–summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised in WA. Native to Japan and Korea. Recorded in Victoria beside a road near Byaduk in the southwest and near Mount Macedon summit.

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 ovalifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ligustrum ovalifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia