Ligustrum lucidum
glossy privet

Oleaceae (olive family)
From: Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino, An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees

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 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.

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.