Can you identify this tree? It is in my backyard and might like to have it in other places as well. It is evergreen and grows very fast. This backyard is in zone 10a. I have not seen any blooms or fruits.





full tree/shrub - ignore the branch going across - The branch going between left and right does not belong to the tree in this question.

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    Hmm... what do you think @Stormy ? another Privet or maybe a Ficus? – renesis Jul 11 '18 at 4:50
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    break a leaf or scratch the bark: if white sticky sap comes out it is a ficus. has the right leaf shape and bark – kevinsky Jul 11 '18 at 10:06
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    ha ha ha, that is exactly what I thought until I got very distracted by the plastic. Funny you. I can't stand plastic in the landscape...arghhhh! Go ahead and put that out there...I think you are right! – stormy Jul 11 '18 at 10:20
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    Ficus benjamina I reckon, but do the test - bend a leaf in half, if it oozes white sap, that's what it is. – Bamboo Jul 11 '18 at 13:08
  • This is absolutely a Privet, Ligustrum "something". As to whether or not it is a Ficus Benjamina: Look at those upward-thrusting shoots in the last of the 3 photos provided. That is very characteristic of privet. Admittedly, I don't have a F. Benjamina to compare, so only ended up looking at pictures on computer, but those ficus plants don't seem to shoot upward like the privet will. BUT, what I can't explain is why no flowers or fruits. The privets around here are all just loaded with stinky flowers & hyper-fertile fruits (hate them)....perhaps this is some non-flowering variety??? – Lorel C. Jul 11 '18 at 17:35

Ligustrum Japonicum, the manager at a local nursery confirmed. The nursery does not sell these, but when I was there for some other reason, I noticed these trees in the property adjacent to the nursery and asked the nursery manager about it. He confirmed it and recommended that I not plant it because it can grow as a weed with seeds spread through birds.

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