Privet - Chinese privet
|Botanical Name||Ligustrum sinense|
DescriptionShrub or small tree to 5 m high, evergreen or semi-deciduous, shoots densely hairy. Leaf stalks hairy, leaves dull green above, hairy on midrib below, oval to 60 mm. Flowers Sept-Dec. Panicles of small, white flowers. Fruit to 6 mm diameter, dull black.
Where is it found?Key communities are alluvial forest remnants, waste places, shrublands, open stream systems and particularly coastal areas. Widespread and common, especially near towns. Sometimes locally abundant. A common farm hedging plant.
Why is it a problem?May displace the shrub tier and marginal shrubs of alluvial forests. May displace shrubs in regenerating communities and remain persistent in these areas.
How does it spread?Originally spread from domestic hedges, dispersed by birds, and is now spreading in farm hedges, along roadsides, streamsides, wastelands and disused railway lines. They are bulking-up in these areas as well as in fenced off and unmodified forest remnants.
How do I get rid of it?
Pull-dig out seedlings or chainsaw and treat stump.
Compost or mulch. Timber makes average firewood.
(i) Spray with Metsulfuron herbicide.
Rate - Handgun 35 g Metsulfuron + 100 ml Penetant/100 litres water. Knapsack 5 g Metsulfuron + 10 ml Penetant/10 litres water. Mistblower 10 g Metsulfuron + 10 ml Penetant/10 litres water.
(ii) Fell and treat the stump with 5 g Metsulfuron + 10 ml Penetrant/1 litre water or 2 litres Glyphosate + 10 ml Penetrant/10 litres water.
(iii) Stem cut and inject- Downward cut at base of trees and apply herbicide to the point of runoff immediately after cuts have been made. 20 g Metsulfuron + 10 ml Penetrant/1 litre water or use Glyphosate neat.
Pull seedlings and stump treat or stem inject larger trees.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution within the Bay of Plenty!