Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), with its glossy dark green foliage, forms a dense living fence or privacy hedge. These plants can be deciduous, semi-evergreen, or evergreen, depending on the variety you choose and where you live.
They are easy to grow and can grow 4 to 15 feet and spread 4 to 8 feet. Privet is a flowering plant of the genus Ligustrum in the Oleaceae family.
The genus includes around 50 species of upright, evergreen, or deciduous shrubs, which often form medium-sized to small trees and are native to Asia, North Africa, and Europe.
The small ovate leaves of the privet grow bright green and form a dense bushy optic. Some cultivars of privet also have golden foliage; others can be variegated with grayish-green specks or even cream edges.
With their attractive foliage, privets bloom with fragrant tubular white flowers from late spring to early summer and attract pollinators like butterflies and bees.