Name: Wild Privet
Scientific name: Ligustrum vulgare
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 60
About: A common shrub of hedgerows, woodland edges and grassland scrub on well-drained calcareous soils.
How to identify: Identifiable by the small, oval, glossy green leaves, smooth bark and white flowers, becoming black berries in the autumn.
Where: Widespread in England, Wales and southern Scotland.
Fantastic fact: The closely related Garden Privet was introduced from Japan.
Photograph credit: Francesco Gasparetti