Wax Leaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum). Upright evergreen shrub with very dense, dark green foliage. Small creamy-white flowers bloom in midsummer. Privet takes wonderfully to pruning, so don't be afraid to go beyond a simple hedge and shape one into a fantastical specimen for a garden focal point. Looks beautiful in the garden as a specimen or clipped hedge. Great for privacy screening or blocking unsightly views. Best planted in groups.
Ligustrum plants, also known as privets, tolerate a wide range of conditions and are among the easiest shrubs and small trees to grow. Learn more about planting ligustrum shrubs and their care in this article.
Privet Hedge: A fixture of the suburban landscape 50 years ago, fast-growing privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium and L. amurense) remains a fine choice where conditions are right: To thrive, this deciduous shrub requires a temperate climate and a homeowner willing to wield sharp shears as often as needed.