Privet in flower

Common name: Privet

Scientific name: Ligustrum vulgare, Ligustrum ovalifolium, other Ligustrum species

Hazard associated: The leaves and berries are poisonous. Children might be attracted to the shiny berries, especially if they observe birds eating them with impunity.

Notes: Privet berries

  • Many people have an allergic response in the vicinity of privet bushes in flower.
  • Privet has traditionally been used as a hedging plant due to its hardiness. Plants which are regularly trimmed tend not to produce flowers and fruit.
  • Cultivars of privet may have green or yellow berries, instead of the more common black. Also the leaves may be variegated in some cultivars.

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