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Leaves and fruits cause gastric distress if ingested.

Ligustrum vulgare

Common Privet
Deciduous, Shrubs


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 vulgare

From northern Europe, Mediterranean, Asia Minor. To 15 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide. Dark green leaves are less glossy than those of Ligustrum ovalifolium, and root system is not as greedy. Clusters of black fruit are conspicuous on unpruned or lightly pruned plants.

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