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Genus Ligustrum (Privet)

Ligustrum Ligustrum vulgare Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier
lih-GUS-trum Common Name: Privet
The genus Ligustrum is made up of deciduous, semi-evergreen, or evergreen shrubs and trees grown for their attractive leaves and fragrant clusters of small, white flowers. They are divided into about 50 species. Grow privet as hedging, specimens, or as part of a shrub border.
Noteworthy characteristics: Glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers. Adaptable to most soils. All plant parts can cause severe discomfort if eaten. Some species are invasive.
Care: Grow in full sun or part shade in most any well-drained soil. Plant variegated plants in full sun for best color.
Propagation: From seed sown in a cold frame in spring or autumn, from semi-ripe cuttings taken in summer, or from hardwood cuttings in winter.
Problems: Aphids, scale insects, Japanese beetles, weevils, mites, thrips, leaf spots, blights, cankers, crown gall, root rot.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Ligustrum

Ligustrum vulgare and cvs. Ligustrum vulgare and cvs.
(Common privet)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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.