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LIGUSTRUM obtusifolium

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Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

LIGUSTRUM obtusifolium

Plant Common Name

Border Privet

General Description

Border privet is a spreading, deciduous shrub from Japan. It has small, oval to elliptical, dark, glossy green leaves which are fuzzy underneath and are held on graceful, arching and wide-spreading branches. The leaves turn a dull reddish-purple in fall. The shrub has many branches arising from ground level. The fragrant or stinky white flowers are produced midsummer in pyramidal-shaped, branched heads at the ends of the stems. The flowers are followed by many dark purple to black fruits that are attractive to birds.

Border privet is not picky about locations, it grows in full sun to shade and moist to dry soils. It is used in hedges, screens and borders. Prune after flowering. Plant border privet with caution, it is considered an invasive exotic plant in the northeastern United States and prohibited by some entities. For more information about the invasiveness of border privet, visit the United States Department of Agriculture website about the plant at http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LIOB

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes