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A picture of a Privet


Ligustrum spp.

Ligustrum ovalifolium by MPF (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Privet

A photo of Privet
Some Ligustrum hedging plants on the side of a road
A green Ligustrum plant with unripe fruits
Some Ligustrum fruit hanging from a tree branch
A photo of Privet

Privet Overview

Ligustrum is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and small trees in the Oleaceae family. This genus is native to Eurasia and Africa with many species now naturalised in non-native habitats around the world. Members of the genus have simple leaves and panicles of tiny usually white flowers that are followed by black berries. In some species, these flowers smell unpleasant. Commonly known as Privet, they are often cultivated as hedging plants as they are hardy and take well to clipping and pruning.

Common problems with Privet

How to propagate Privet


In summer take semi-hardwood cuttings, in winter take hardwood cuttings.


Some species are easily propagated by seed.

Special features of Privet

Attractive leaves

Wind break

Hedge plant

These species make good hedges, they react well to clipping to form formal hedges.

Other uses of Privet

Grown for their foliage and in some species flowers. Used as hedging. Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Poisonous to Pets

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