European privet USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: LIVU
Ligustrum vulgare L.
Synonym(s): wild privet

European privet is a deciduous shrub that grows up to 15 ft. (4.8 m) in height. The trunks usually occur as multiple stems with many long, leafy branches. Leaves are opposite, oblong, 1-2.4 in. (2.5-6 cm) long and 0.2-0.6 in. (0.5-1.5 cm) wide. Flowering occurs in June, when white flowers develop at the end of branches in 1-3 in. (2.5-7.6 cm) long clusters. Fruits are spherical, 1/3 in. (8.5 mm) long, ripen to a dark purple to black color and persist into winter. Several privet species occur and they are often hard to distinguish. European privet commonly forms dense thickets in the fields or in the understory of forests. It can also be found along streams and other moist sites. Native to Europe, it is commonly used as an ornamental shrub and for hedgerows.

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