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Ligustrum ovalifolium

California Privet

  • »  Large shrub can reach up to 15' high
  • »  Semi-erect stems
  • »  Great for hedging
  • »  Semi-evergreen leaves are a deep green
  • »  Large, 2-4" clusters of fragrant white flowers in June and July
  • »  Shiny black fruits attract songbirds

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California privet is a large shrub with dense, semi erect stems that can reach up to 15' high. It is one of the tried and true hedging plants with its uncanny ability to be trimmed and shaped into any formal or informal form and it even performs admirably in moist, partially shaded areas. Its steady growth and semi-evergreen dark, deep green leaves add to its allure as a backdrop or privacy screen. Large 2-4" clusters of white, strongly fragrant flowers are produced in June and July followed by shiny black fruits that attract area songbirds. Like all Privet, California Privet thrives on neglect and is very tolerant. If using it as a hedge, be sure to install individual plants 12-15" apart for the quickest cover and thickness.

Foliage Color
Dark Green
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer Bloomer