Sept. 25, 2015
Privet (Species, Ligustrum lucidum; Family Oleaceae)
Privet or Ligustrum lucidum is the third member of the Oleaceae family that is associated with strong allergic reactions to pollen in some people. Privet is a shrub or tree usually growing 4 to 12 m tall and is evergreen. The flowers are wind-pollinated and are generally producing pollen from August to October.
Privet was widely planted in gardens, and was popular as a hedgerow in the early days of Canberra. Despite being removed from many gardens today it can be found as a weedy species especially in moist places and along river corridors around Canberra.
Distribution of Privet (Atlas of Living Australia occurrence map)