Irish wildflowers

Photos: Dungarvan, Co.Waterford

Wild Privet
Ligustrum vulgare
Family: Oleaceae

Flowering: June-August. Semi-evergreen shrub or small tree. Native / introduced.

Terminal panicles of slightly scented 4-lobed white flowers. Fruit are small inedible black berries. Elliptical-lanceolate opposite leaves, narrower than the leaves of Garden Privet, L. ovalifolium. Very slightly hairy 1st year twigs.

Prefers well-drained neutral or calcareous soils. Hedges, scrub, roadsides, wood edges, sea-cliffs. Thought to be native only in counties Dublin, Galway, Tipperary and Waterford. Identified by Paul Green

Wild Privet. Dungarvan, Co.Waterford. September 2008

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