The Ligustrum is also referred to as a Glossy Privet or Chinese Privet since, in its natural form, this evergreen shrub can grow up to 30 feet in height and is used extensively as a great landscape plant. Native to China and Eastern Asia, the Ligustrum is now grown ornamentally in the United States. It has white puffy flowers during the late spring and early summer and small blue-black berries in the fall. The berry of the Ligustrum has been used as a "yin" tonic in traditional Chinese medicine for a wide range of conditions, including premature aging, ringing in the ears, chronic toxicity and several other medicinal purposes.
Invasive in all moist habitats (especially in Australia).