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Chinese Privet

Family:
Oleaceae
Origin:
China

General description

Evergreen or semi-deciduous shrub to small tree, < 5 m tall. Flowers are fragrant, tubular, white with purple/mauve anthers and borne in spring – summer. Fruit is purple/black and ripens in autumn.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell Chinese privet within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant Chinese privet within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any Chinese privet on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Hedgerows, lowland and coastal forest, shrubland, disturbed sites, roadsides, wastelands, wetlands.

Seeds dispersed by birds.

Forms dense stands, displacing native vegetation and preventing seedling establishment. Dominates canopy, altering vegetation structure and diversity. May cause an allergic reaction in some people, often as a cross-reactivity to main allergens.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical

Biocontrol

Check for presence of agents:
Privet lace bug (Leptopha hospita)

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel
or
Ringbark stem and paste with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Drill and inject trees with 10g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water if safe to do so. Drill 18mm holes (tangentially angled downwards) in a spiral up the trunk. For 50mm stems drill one hole. For 100mm stems drill two holes. For larger stems drill holes 150mm apart.
Foliar spray seedlings with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

Safety notes

Large trees must not be ringbarked or drilled that are closer than 1.5 times the height of the tree from paths, walkways and property.

Trees over 4 metres in height should be removed by a qualified arborist.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

tree privet
Ligustrum lucidum

Tree privet is a much taller tree. It has larger leaves that have a more defined tip. The infloresences are more yellow-white and lack purple anthers.

Search tags

RPMP status


Parkland with Significant Ecological Areas (Site-led)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Waitākere
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Chinese privet - Main species image