Formerly 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 grew near the entrance to Memorial Church (in the inner southwest island). It was removed sometime between 2003 and 2015. Growing next to it, a pair of slender closely spaced trunks were thought to belong to a privet of a different species; they are in fact sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum).
Panicles of blue-black berries ripen in spring after a fine show of small white flowers that give off a noticeable aroma.
Name derivation: Ligustrum – Latin ligulare, to tie, in reference to the use made of the flexible shoots; lucidum – glossy (the leaves).
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Sairus Patel noted the Inner Quad location removal and added the sweet viburnum ID Jul 2019.