- A shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall.
- not tough
- not leathery
- elliptic with a blunt tip
- hairy beneath mostly along midrib
- densely hairy
- round twigs
- White, four-petaled flowers in cone-shaped, terminal clusters. Individual flowers are small.
- hedging, landscapes, fencerows
- birds eat the fruits and disperse seeds
- still used in landscaping
Key ID Features:
- bud scales blunt
- densely hairy twigs
- leaves oppositely arranged, hairy beneath on mid-rib
- Privets are very difficult to distinguish, Ligustrum obtusifolium (Border Privet) has nearly hairless twigs and anthers that reach the tips of the corolla lobes. L. ovalifolium (California Privet) has smooth twigs and anthers that surpass the corolla lobes. L. sinense (Chinese Privet) has hairy twigs and anthers that almost reach the tips of the corolla lobes. L. vulgare (European Privet) has densely pubescent twigs and anthers that surpass the corolla lobes.
- Commonly planted as a hedge around gardens and homes.
- This plant can escape and crowd out native species by forming dense thickets.
- On Nantucket, this species is found in the wild in small populations, with no known dense stands.
Growth Form: Shrub
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Likely Invasive
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Likely Invasive
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: importation ban, propagation ban