- Common Name(s):
- Curlyleaf ligustrum, Japanese privet
- Coriaceum, Rotundifolium, Silver Star
- Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Large evergreen; drought and salt spray tolerant; rapid growth; can be severely pruned; does not work well as a foundation plant.
Wildlife Value: Fruit attracts birds. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
Listed as invasive in North Carolina by:
- North Caronlina Forest Service
- Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth
- North Carolina Invasive Plant Council
- North Carolina Native Plant Society, "Significant Threat"
- NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Not listed as invasive in North Carolina by:
- Evergreen or deciduous shrubs; leaves simple, opposite, with smooth margins; flowers small, white, 4-parted, tubular, in terminal clusters; fruit a semi-fleshy, black berry.
- 6-12 ft.
- Opposite, simple, leathery dark green leaves; 2 to 4 in. long; 'Rotundifolium' is 3-4 ft. by 3 ft., stiffly upright with curly, whorled leaves
- Creamy white flowers on 2 to 6 in. pyramidal panicles in late spring; unpleasant; odor; 0.2 in. flat black drupe in fall;
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil conditions except constantly wet
- Medium to coarse
- Upright, oval head
- Poison Part:
- Leaves and Berries
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, weakness, low blood pressure, cold and clammy skin possibly lasting 48 to 72 hours
- Toxic Principle:
- Glycosides: syringin (ligustrin), a glycoside; shikimic acid (lowest toxic dose 4,000mg); and others
- Treat with caution
- Found in:
- Weedy in disturbed areas around buildings; escaped and naturalized in moist areas; landscape as evergreen ornamental shrub.
- 5-6 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1654