Chinese Privit Control with Herbicide Foliar Sprays
Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour.) is probably the most problematic alien shrub in the 13-states of the southern region, widely invading forests, parks and preserves, pastures, and right-of-ways (Haragan 1996, Miller 1997, Matlack 2002). After a century of planting as an ornamental shrub following introduction in 1852 (Dirr 1998), range expansion has been rapid and far-reaching since about 1960 (NRCS website). This rapid invasion has occurred as birds feed upon abundant fruits produced in early spring and disperse seed during northern migrations. It is widely observed that the habitats most under siege are disturbed areas and bottomland forests (Dirr 1998), while upland forests and pasture margins are steadily being invaded as well. Site dominance ocurs through Chinese privet's production of abundant root suckers and clump sprouts, as well as carpets of seedlings in infested areas.