Ligustrum lucidum. GLOSSY PRIVET. China
OLEACEAE (Olive family)


widely planted as a street tree in Palo Alto, the glossy privet may be seen on Alvarado Row near Esplanada Way, along most of Cedro Way, and in many older homes. A tall old glossy privet grows near the entrance to Memorial Church (in the inner southwest island); growing below it, a pair of slender closely spaced trunks appear to belong to a privet of a different species. Panicles of blue-black berries ripen in spring after a fine show of small white flowers that give off a noticeable aroma.

Illustration: McMinn, Howard E. and Evelyn Maino. 1951. An illustrated manual of Pacific coast trees; with lists of trees recommended for various uses on the Pacific coast by H. W. Shepherd. 2d ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press.

Illustrations (links open new windows): habit |


Name derivation, genus | species: Latin ligulare, to tie, in reference to the use made of the flexible shoots | glossy (the leaves)

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

Botanical name index | Common name index | Family home