Ligustrum obtusifolium
border privet

Ligustrum obtusifolium
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Ligustrum obtusifolium
Common name: border privet
Group: dicot
Family: Oleaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: introduced
Plant height: 10 - 12'
Foliage: leaves simple, elliptical, opposite, and entire, deep green
Flower: white flowers, in narrow panicles; bears small black drupe in September that persists
Flowering time: fearly to late June
Habitat: well-drained ground of shaded woods edges, roadsides
Range in New Jersey: Hough list Somerset & Hunterdon; this author has it escaped in Cumberland county
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Becoming invasive, and not recommended for garden planting for that reason. Native to Japan, Korea, and China.