Glossy Privet, Waxy Privet, Broadleaf Privet
Oleaceae (Olive) Family
Plant is an evergreen shrub or multi-trunk small tree. Height is usually no more than 15 to 20 feet with a trunk diameter of 6 to 8 inches. The crown is moderately open, with a combined spread of 5 to 10 feet. Its preferred habitat is landscaped gardens, flood plains and moist stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are 2 to 6 inches long; shiny, smooth, thick and opposite on the stem. The leaf may also be finely saw-toothed or smooth; no lobes.
The flowers are tiny, white and in long pointed clusters at the tip of new growth stems. Flowers occur in late spring.
Fruit is a berry that begins life immediately following the flower, maturing during the summer and autumn to a bluish/black color.
While Glossy Olive is generally considered a domestic ornamental, its invasive nature has allowed it to spread rapidly throughout the area. Its root system is widespread thus rendering it an excellent water break shrub in the Escambia region.