Garden Privet - Ligustrum ovalifolium


Shrub 1 to 3 metres tall and densely branched. Leaves broad, oval, smooth, untoothed and short stalked. Flowers white, 4 to 6 mm in dense pyramidal panicles, fragrant. Fruit a berry black when ripe.

Similar Species

Wild Privet is similar, but the leaves are narrower.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows, waste ground, waysides and tips.

When to see it

Flowers June and July.

UK Status

Evergreen perennial.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland as an escape from cultivation, or occasionally sown by birds, or self sown. . In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 19 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map