Wild Privet

Name: Wild Privet

Scientific name: Ligustrum vulgare

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

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


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