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Ligustrum vulgare and cvs. (Common privet)

Ligustrum vulgare and cvs. Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Ligustrum vulgare and cvs. lih-GUS-trum vul-GAR-ay Common Name: Common privet 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.
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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