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Family:  Oleaceae
Genus species:  Ligustrum vulgare

Leaves are small, narrow, oval or lance-shaped.

Flowers are white, produced in clusters. Flowers produce a strong pungent odor.

Fruit is a glossy black berry, contains one to four seeds.

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Privet is a non-native invasive plant species.  It outcompetes and displaces native vegetation.  It reproduces both sexually and asexually.  Through sexual reproduction, privet produces seeds that are dispersed by wind and animals.  Seeds readily germinate and plants rapidly colonize disturbed soil.  It reproduces asexually through root suckers.  It can be controlled through cutting and herbicide application.