Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Dwarf Common Privet (Ligustrum vulgare 'Lodense')

Dwarf Common Privet
Ligustrum vulgare 'Lodense'
(lig-GUS-trum) (vul-GAIR-ee)
Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ay)

This shrub has been a good performer for me. It is listed as growing 4 feet but mine are at least 6 feet tall and have been sheared every other year. I like Ligustrum as a genus and this one is nice because of its dense branching and smaller stature. Privet turns into such a nice shrub when let to its own devices and not continually hacked into odd shapes and squares. There are a couple of huge Privet shrubs on the Estate and they are such a joy when they bloom. You might not recognize them as Privet as they are about 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The ‘Lodense’ cultivar is just as fragrant and is a nice alternative to other shrubs. I have had difficulty finding it at wholesale nurseries or I would use it more.

There was a hail storm at the estate on Saturday. See what happens when you turn your back on a large garden for a couple of days? :lol: I have to check the damage out later today.

European Privet


Anonymous said...

Thanks for solving a mystery for me. This is a plant I have growing wild and I thought it was a privet but have not had a chance to look it up. As I said, thanks! It is really very pretty with glossy green leaves and little white flowers. I'm glad I didn't hack it out!

Jill said...

Nice job on these! Now I know where to come if I need help identifying a flower.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks to both of you for stopping by.