Ligustrum ovalifolium – Oval-leaf privet (Japan)
Habit: Upright large shrub, 3-5 m tall, 2-3 m wide, medium to fast-growing, cut hedge only becoming 2-3 m tall.
Flowers: Cream-white, some 10 cm long panicles with pungent smell; June to July.
Fruits: Pea-size, shiny black berries, turning colours in September, persistent; slightly poisonous.
Leaves: Semi-evergreen, oval, somewhat leathery and shiny, deciduous in unfavourable areas.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade, tolerates heat, needs warmth, sensitive to frost, for protected areas, otherwise not demanding, tolerant of urban pollution, tolerates wind.
Soil: Well drained, chalky substrates are favourable; somewhat tolerant of salt.
Note: Tolerates all pruning.
Hardiness: Zone 7a