8) Shrubs Chinese privet
(Lignustrum sinense)* 17 (0.
Fruits and seeds of five food resources were collected during autumn 2005 and autumn 2008: flowering dogwood (Comus florida), Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), water oak (Quercus nigra), white oak (Quercus alba), and staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina).
Significant differences in mean daily ingestion per diet for Ochrotomys nuttalli were found between staghorn sumac and all other diets except Chinese privet, Chinese privet compared to other diets except white oak acorns, white oak acorns compared to other diets except water oak acorns and flowering dogwood compared to other diets except water oak acorns (Fig.
Peromyscus leucopus consumed a significantly greater amount of Chinese privet than golden mice.
Five petri dishes containing 10 g of flowering dogwood and Chinese privet were placed in a drying oven at 40 [degrees] C for 72 h to determine the water content in both diets.
1]) for male golden mice was water oak > white oak > flowering dogwood > Chinese privet > staghorn sumac, and for male white-footed mice the ranking of food preferences was water oak > white oak > Chinese privet > flowering dogwood > staghorn sumac.
is one of the most prevalent invasive species in southern forestlands and has severely threatened to the integrity and healthy of forest ecosystems.
Key Words: Chinese privet, biological control, invasive species, exotic species
Chinese privet is native to China, Vietnam, and Laos (The Nature Conservancy 2004; Wu & Raven 2003).
Chinese privet is grown nationwide as an ornamental hedge plant, for its berries used in brewing, and for oils extracted from seeds and used in soap making (Qui et al.
Chinese privet was introduced into the United States in 1852 (Coates 1965; Dirr 1990) as an ornamental shrub, for hedgerows (USDA-NRCS 2002), and sometimes as single specimens for its foliage and profusion of small white flowers (Dirr 1990; Wyman 1973).
These two species of small mammals were collected from a forested bottomland habitat dominated by an overstory of oaks (Quercus) and a dense midstory of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense).
White-footed mice preferred water oak acorns first (78%), white oak acorns second (15%), and Chinese privet berries last (7%).
nuttalli preferred the dense Chinese privet mid-story (6).
alba) acorn mast crop, as well as an abundance of Chinese privet
(Ligustrum ninense) fruit, during both years of this study likely precluded competition for food resources.