Ligustrum obtusifolium

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Ligustrum obtusifolium
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Oleaceae
Tribe: Oleeae
Genus: Ligustrum
Species: L. obtusifolium
Binomial name
Ligustrum obtusifolium
Siebold & Zucc.

Ligustrum obtusifolium is a species of privet, native to Japan, Korea and northeastern China (Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, Zhejiang).[1][2] The species is considered invasive in parts of the United States. It has become very common in southern New England, the mid-Atlantic States, and the Great Lakes regions, with scattered occurrences in the South, the Great Plains, and Washington State.[3][4]

Ligustrum obtusifoliumis a deciduous shrub growing to 3 m tall. The leaves are 1–6 cm long and 4–25 mm broad.[1][5]

There are three subspecies:[1]

  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. obtusifolium. Japan.
  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. microphyllum (Nakai) P.S.Green. Eastern China, Korea, Japan.
  • Ligustrum obtusifolium subsp. suave (Kitagawa) Kitagawa. Northeastern China.

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