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 CharacteristicsConsidered invasive in the southeastern U.S., it spreads easily by bird-dispersed berries. Useful for hedging.
CareGrow in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Clip twice in summer.
PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in winter.
ProblemsAphids, scale insects, Japanese beetles, weevils, mites, thrips, leaf spots, blights, cankers, crown gall, and root rot.
- Genus : Ligustrum
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
- Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
- Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Plant Type : Shrubs
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Flower Color : White