Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Honey Bees in the Garden... AugustHoney Bees in the Garden... August
By Mindy03 on August 1, 2011

August is another hot month for both gardeners and honey bees. Water for plants and honey bees remains a top priority. You may also find the honey bees you encounter are more aggressive than they have been since spring. That's because they are anxious to store enough food to last the colony through the coming winter. Be careful when you bend to sniff a flower, a honey bee might be there and will think you are trying to get the nectar for yourself.

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Location: Ridley Creek State Park in southeast PADate: 2018-06-05a wild, invasive shrub in bloom
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 16, 2012 4:40 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. The honey is said to have an objectionable smell and strong flavor.

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Posted by terrafirma (NE. FL. - Zone 9a) on Aug 28, 2014 1:01 PM

This was introduced into the U.S. from China in 1852. By 1932 it had been so widely planted throughout the southeast that it was considered naturalized. They can reach 10 - 20 feet, but in the landscape, they are frequently sheared into hedges. The leaves are small, less than 2 inches in length, and can be solid green or variegated in color. White flowers in the spring, followed by small blue oval fruit.

This plant has now been added to the noxious weeds list, making it illegal to cultivate, introduce, possess, move, or release without a state or federal permit.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 10, 2018 6:29 PM

Most of the east Asian Privets, as Border & Amur Privets, have flowers and fruit borne auxiliary (on the sides of twigs), but this species bears the flowers and fruit terminally and some upper auxiliary. The European Privet bears its flowers and fruit terminally also. This Chinese Privet is a very invasive, weedy species that infests forest borders in the South and some of the mid-Atlantic. I enjoy cutting it down and axing the base like I do with other Eurasian invasive plants out in nature. There are two variegated foliaged cultivars that are grown in the South as ornamentals. Unfortunately, the variegated forms still give birth to the mother green form from seed and they can revert back to the mother form if not pruned.

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