Plant ID forum: What is this bush?

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Name: Clare
Auburn, Maine
Feb 27, 2017 4:26 PM CST
I recently bought a house and am trying to figure out what this plant is and how best to trim it.
It's very tall right now, at least 10', and in an ideal world I'd like it to be about half that.
I've attached a photo of it now during the end of winter, and a photo of it from google maps that was obviously taken during the summer.
The location is Maine in case that helps...
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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Mar 2, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Clare, could you post close-ups after the leaves emerge?
Name: greene
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Mar 2, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Without close up photos of the leaves and branches/stems we can only guess.

In the northeastern US it was popular to use Privet as a hedge plant; botanical name Ligustrum. They can be trimmed/pruned to be kept at 1-2 feet tall, or allowed to grow 8-10 feet tall or anywhere in between. Some are Ligustrum ovalifolium but some are the potentially invasive type, L. vulgare.

Ligustrum vulgare is on the list of plants that can no longer be sold in Maine.
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Name: Porkpal
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Mar 2, 2017 9:52 PM CST
Whatever it is, the Google image makes it look as if the previous owner just kept it trimmed with hedge clippers. I suspect you could safely cut it back to the height desired the same way.
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Mar 2, 2017 10:24 PM CST
I agree with Ligustrum sp., one of the Privet clan that make easy hedges - but are great pests otherwise.

Opposite arrangement of twigs/buds/leaves makes for easy ID, too.

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