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PlantFiles: Common Privet, European Privet
Ligustrum vulgare

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

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Category:
Shrubs

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

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

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
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

Foliage:
Evergreen

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

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Profile:

No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
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.

Regional...

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

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



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