Problem Plants: Privets

Privets (Ligustrum japonicum & L. sinense)

First introduced from Asia in 1852 as ornamentals, this group of shrubs was used
extensively for privacy hedging before their invasive characteristics were
discovered. Now they disrupt native plant communities in the understory of forests
throughout the southeastern U. S., including Virginia.

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Tags:  Have escaped cultivation and spread throughout eastern U. S., Extremely aggressive and shade-tolerant, Form impenetrable thickets to crowd out more desirable native plants, Prolific producers of seed, which is spread far by animals, Also spread by suckers, Difficult to control as roots re-sprout after parent plant is killed, Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), Inkberry (Ilex glabra), Possumhaw Viburnum (Viburnum nudum), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Dense shrub with berries