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, the Mediterranean, and Asia Minor. Grows to 15 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Dark green leaves are less glossy than those of L. ovalifolium, and the root system is not as greedy. Clusters of black fruit are conspicuous on unpruned or lightly pruned plants.
Deciduous shrub from eastern Asia. Grows to 10–12 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Upright and compact w...
From northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia Minor. Grows to 15 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide. Dark gr...
From Japan. Leaves are 12–16 in. long, divided into 15 to 19 leaflets. Fragrant, 1/2-ft. cluster...