Ligustrum vulgare


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Ligustrum vulgare

European plant in the family Oleaceae. Reputed to cause gastroenteritis, but this is an uncommon event in view of the widespread occurrence of the plant. No toxin has been identified. Called also privet.
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The distribution of Ligustrum vulgare in the Glen also reflects the trend of an establishing species.
The deep shade of the forest may prevent Ligustrum vulgare from reaching its normal height and width.
The only current measure of the lower level of invasion on the west facing slopes is the lower numbers of older plants of both Lonicera maackii and Ligustrum vulgare.
In the case of Ligustrum vulgare, our hypothesis that colonization would be more successful on the east-facing slopes than on the west-facing is not supported.
The 1960 Encyclopedia of Gardening describes Ligustrum vulgare as a "native of the Mediterranean region that has become naturalized in the Eastern United States" (Everett 1960).