Ligustrum ovalifolium / Privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium is a dense, fast growing shrub that typically grows 10-15’ tall. Elliptic-ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 2.5” long) are yellow-green beneath. Small, tubular, dull white flowers in upright panicles (to 4” long) bloom at stem tips in June-July. Flowers are very fragrant, but are considered by many to have an unpleasant aroma. Flowers give way to globe-shaped drupes which ripen to black in fall and persist into winter.
This is commonly grown as a formal or informal hedge or screen. Shrub border.
Easily grown in full sun to part shade. Hedges are commonly trimmed 1-2 times in summer.