Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Common Privet, European Privet
Ligustrum vulgare

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Todd_Boland
Thumbnail #1 of Ligustrum vulgare by Todd_Boland

By kennedyh
Thumbnail #2 of Ligustrum vulgare by kennedyh

By DMersh
Thumbnail #3 of Ligustrum vulgare by DMersh

By DMersh
Thumbnail #4 of Ligustrum vulgare by DMersh

By DMersh
Thumbnail #5 of Ligustrum vulgare by DMersh

By DMersh
Thumbnail #6 of Ligustrum vulgare by DMersh

By audsrz
Thumbnail #7 of Ligustrum vulgare by audsrz

There are a total of 9 photos.
Click here to view them all!


No positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Rickwebb On Jan 14, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

The European Privet has prettier foliage than the Asian species that is darker green and a little longer leaf. It is fine as a sheared hedge. As a regular shrub it is average to poor in appearance; being messy or just a little bit messy. The white flower clusters, similar to lilacs in structure, are sort of nice with a funny fragrance. It has no fall color, nor pretty bark. When it escapes cultivation it is an invasive plant in open woods of eastern North America. It and other privets can develop sharp woody spurs that hurt. The several Asian species are more common in landscapes and escaped in nature. The European species has its flower and fruit structures as terminal on the branches while the Asian species inflorescences are lateral.

Neutral DMersh On Sep 29, 2010, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

Semi evergreen plant with some leaves being retained during winter. The black berries produced in late summer are poisonous.

Neutral frostweed On Dec 20, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Common Privet, European Privet Ligustrum vulgare is naturalised in Texas and other States an is considered an invasive plant in Texas.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This shrub can be used as a specimen plant or as a hedge. It tolerates all but very wet soil conditions. It grows in a wide range of soil pH values, too. Works well in urban settings. It should be pruned after it flowers in the spring. If you don't prune it, birds like to eat the fruit during the winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aurora, Illinois
Traverse City, Michigan
, Newfoundland and Labrador
Independence, Ohio
Crossville, Tennessee

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America