Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 10-15 ft
Flowers: Malodorous
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: Fruits are poisonous to man, but can be eaten by many birds
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a WeekA Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week
April 11, 2010

Everybody seemed happy in the sun. Instead of looking down at the ground on their way to work, people held their heads high and were stopping to look at the wonderful spring flowers. Then it became overcast and the rain started; cold days and very cold nights set in for a week. On Monday morning we all awoke to clear blue skies; the sun came out, and everything was suddenly happy once again.

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Location: TarltonDate: 2018-05-27
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Location: TarltonDate: 2018-05-27
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-07-04a sheared hedge
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-10-02the shiny leaves
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 16, 2012 4:46 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. The honey from privet is said to have an objecionable smell and to be strongly flavored.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 13, 2018 1:51 PM

The so-called California Privet comes from Japan. Its 1 to 2.5 inch leaves are dark green and glossy above and are wider in proportion than most other privets and both ends of the leaf are pointed. The foliage can be evergreen or semi-evergreen in milder climates during milder winters; otherwise, deciduous. Its 1/3 inch black berries are shiny. The white flower clusters are still stinky, but get to 4 inches long and are terminally borne. This species is mostly used in USDA Zones 6 & 7 & 8, and is commonly sold and planted in the Mid-Atlantic and the upper South. It is used used as a sheared hedge.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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