Common privet

Ligustrum vulgare and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Common privet (Ligustrum vulgare and cvs.)
lih-GUS-trum vul-GAR-ay
Genus:  Ligustrum
Privet is a bushy, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub with oval to lance-shaped dark green leaves. White flowers borne in panicles to 2 inches long in early summer and midsummer mature to spherical black fruit.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Considered invasive in the southeastern U.S., it spreads easily by bird-dispersed berries. Useful for hedging.
Care:  Grow in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Clip twice in summer.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems:  Aphids, scale insects, Japanese beetles, weevils, mites, thrips, leaf spots, blights, cankers, crown gall, and root rot.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge
Type
Shrubs

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