Japanese privet

noun

Definition of Japanese privet 

: either of two Asiatic evergreen privets:

a : an erect shrub or small tree (Ligustrum lucidum) of China, Korea, and Japan with glabrous dark green usually acuminate leaves and flowers in long erect panicles

b : a somewhat smaller shrub (L. japonicum) of Korea and Japan with usually more obtuse darker green leaves and flowers in looser more lax panicles

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