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Broad Leaf Privet

Broad Leaf Privet
photo: Delwyn Thomas
Invasive Plant
Broad Leaf Privet
Ligustrum lucidum

A very common, evergreen tree to 10 m high, found in moist, nutrient rich sites such as gullies, on roadsides and in home gardens. It has large dark green leaves and produces small, white, strongly scented flowers, mostly in summer. Easily recognised by sprays of purpleblack berries which occur in autumn and winter.

Berries which contain seeds are eaten by birds and readily dispersed. Berries can also be spread by water.


Special note: May be confused with the native Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii) which has oil glands in its leaves.

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Alternative Plants

Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Escallonia
Escallonia bifida
Trees and Shrubs

An upright, evergreen shrub or small tree to 5 m high. Its dark green leaves are finely toothed and glossy on the upper surface. It has a low branching trunk which makes it very suitable for hedging. Dense clusters of white flowers are borne in late spring to early winter. This species grows in full-sun to part-shade in well-drained soil.

Japanese Box
Photo: © immij pty ltd
Alternative Plant Japanese Box
Buxus japonica
Trees and Shrubs

Large evergreen shrub to 3 m high by 2 m wide. This vigorous species can adapt to most soils with good drainage and can survive periods of drought. Although it grows best in fullsun to part-shade, it can survive in almost full shade. Flowers are inconspicuous. With small, dense shiny rounded leaves, this species is commonly used in hedging and topiaries.

Screen Master Pittosporum
Photo: Warner's Nurseries
Alternative Plant Screen Master Pittosporum
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Screen Master'
Trees and Shrubs

A vigorous, bushy, upright evergreen shrub that can grow to 6 m high. This species prefers full-sun to part-shade and grows best in freely drained soils. Keep moist when establishing and during dry periods. Fast growing (up to 1 metre per year) making it an ideal privacy or screening plant.

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