Northern Privet - Ligustrum x ibolium
It is an ornamental shrub that is one of America's fastest-growing hedge producing shrubs. North privet is commonly used in landscape design eliminating the need for a fence. The North privet is an exceptionally fast growing deciduous shrub; it grows around two feet in height each year. Sometimes the north privet can grow up to three feet a year when appropriately sheared. There is no specific trimming schedule to follow when shearing the north privet. It will maintain its natural shape if sheared a few times a year. It prefers no less than 4 hours of unfiltered, direct sunlight each day. The Privet grows well in most soil conditions. It can tolerate well-drained, acidic, alkaline, sandy, silty loam, loamy, moist and rich soils conditions. Once it is established, it can become drought tolerant. The foliage of the northern privet is a glossy dark green color. It is a semi-evergreen shrub. It grows pyramidal and provides a privacy screen. When sheared often it will develop thick layers of branches. The North privet features fragrant white small flowers that bloom in the early spring. These flowers usually attract butterflies and bees. One the flowers fade the northern privet then produces a dark blue colored berry that attracts birds. These droops typically form in the late summer to early fall and can remain on the privet through the winter months to provide food for birds and other small animals.