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Zones 3B, 4-24, 31, 32, 34-39, H1, H2
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Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Leaves and fruits cause gastric distress if ingested.

Ligustrum ovalifolium

California Privet
Oleaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

LIGUSTRUM

Most widely used as hedges, though one type is a street tree; can also be clipped into formal shapes and featured in tubs or large pots. All bear abundant, showy clusters of white to creamy white flowers in late spring or early summer (some people find the scent unpleasant). Flowers attract bees. Clipped hedges bloom less heavily, since shearing removes most of the flower-bearing branches. Blossoms are followed by small blue-black berries; birds eat them, thus distributing seeds. Most privets grow well in any soil.

Ligustrum ovalifolium

From Japan. Dark green, oval, 2 1/2-in. leaves cover this 8 to 15 ft. tall, 6 to 10 ft. wide shrub. It grows rapidly, but can be kept sheared as a 4-ft. hedge. For use as a hedge, set plants 9 to 12 in. apart. Clip early and frequently to encourage low, dense branching. Greedy roots. Well-fed, well watered plants hold their foliage longest. Tolerates heat.

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