Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Upland Privet
Forestiera ligustrina
Family: Oleaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S2S3

Woods near/on rocky slopes and along streams, in barrens and glades.

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early May to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This opposite-leaved shrub is associated with cedar glades. The leaves are elliptic to obovate and acute to obtuse (not acuminate), 1-4 cm long; the fruit are small (7-8 mm) 1-seeded drupes. Flowers appear in the spring.

Woody plant invasion (particularly cedar) may need to be controlled using periodic prescribed fire, mowing or other means. Hand removal of trees in the vicinity is needed to maintain the open character of the habitat for this species. Soil disturbance such as ATV trails or timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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