Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum), the Japanese ligustrum, is a large shrub or tree that is usually seen at 1.5 - 3.5 m in height but is capable of reaching 6 m or more. The attractive leaves are evergreen with a sharp terminal point. In spring, white flowers are borne on large terminal clusters 12-20 cm long. The flowers produce a perfume that is not particularly pleasant as well as quantities of pollen that many people find bothersome. The blossoms are followed by green berries that ripen to dull black in winter and tend to persist on the plant for most of the year.
Japanese privet is a native of Japan and eastern Asia as the species name indicates, this shrub is now widely naturalized in mild winter areas. Extremely tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions, ligustrum is a strong, sturdy plant requiring little care other than regular pruning to maintain desired shape and size. It will grow in sun or part shade. Mature plants propagate themselves prolifically from seed. Cuttings are easily rooted. Japanese privet is an attractive and tough plant that requires little care, it is extremely fast growing. Ligustrums provide a source of food for birds when other berries or food sources are meager.