Common Privet ( Ligustrum vulgare )
Shrub, broadleaf evergreen, broad spreading
Height : 1.3m to 2.67m included
Origin : Mediterranean
Environment : Mediterranean maquis and scrubland; full sun
Climate : warm, temperate
The Common Privet is one of the most diffused shrubby species of the Mediterranean maquis and scrubland, especially in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean. It thrives in the full sun. The name “Ligustrum” comes from the habit of Mediterranean populations to use the flexible branches to bind (“ligare” in Latin) things. In spite of the Southern origin it is a frost-resistant species and is widely used today all over the world for gardening as it makes excellent and good looking hedges and bushes.