Ligustrum (privet) species are vigorous evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs. Ligustrum hedges respond very well to clipping and will make a dense sturdy hedge. Ligustrum hedge plants produce abundant cream scented flowers around mid-summer.
Ligustrum hedging plants should be planted about 45cm apart, in a staggered row for a particularly dense relatively small hedge, or a single row for a larger or less dense hedge.
Ligustrum ovalifolium has small glossy green leaves and is often planted as a formal garden hedge. Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum' (golden privet) has attractive gold variegated leaves and is rather less vigorous hen ligustrum ovalifolium. Ligustrum vulgare is the wild privet. It is similar to ligustrum ovalifolium, but produces long bunches of small glossy black fruits in autumn, which are eaten by the birds.