Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)

Common names:
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Give a thumbs up Border privet

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 12 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Semi-evergreen
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small green drupes, maturing to dark bluish-black color.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Other: Ripen in fall, persist into winter.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Considered slightly malodorous to some individuals.
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Pollution
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects

Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 13, 2018 1:36 PM

The Border privet comes from Japan and has been commonly planted in the northern US. This species grows in the most broad, horizontal habit among privets that can actually be called graceful. The 1 to 2.5 inch leaves are medium to dark green and not glossy. The twigs are green and very hairy when young. The black fruit is dull. The flowers and fruit are borne in an axillary manner, not terminal. It is still used as a sheared hedge.

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