Common Privet, European Privet 'Cheyenne'

Ligustrum vulgare

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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


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

Aurora, Illinois

Stafford, Virginia

Lummi Island, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 27, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is the most common cultivar of the Common Privet from Europe that is planted in the upper Midwest USA. The leaves are probably a little shinier than the mother species. The seed was collected in Yugoslavia and introduced to the nursery trade by the Cheyenne Field Station of the US Department of Agriculture.


On Jun 28, 2011, BoPo from Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A nice privacy hedge. Planted as small 1 foot plants, staggered them approx 18 inches apart for a privacy hedge.

For every 12 inches they grow, cut them back six. By year three, our hedge reached our 4 1/2 foot height fenceline, and retained it's hedge shape, with nice full growth. By year four, we have privacy over five feet in height.

Requires periodic pruning with a hedge trimmer, but responds well. Fast growing, what a nice surprise.

This is the first year we've seen flowers, which have a distinct odor that some people dislike. Doesn't bother us, but it is a strong flower smell.

Our hedge is wedged between our fenceline and our patio, in an area that measures 3 1/2 to 4 feet in width. Great for small yards needing pri... read more


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 is not as dense as some other varieties, though. 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.