Flowerimng shrub ID

Asked June 22, 2020, 5:11 PM EDT

The attached image is of a shrub in Ann Arbor. Fragrant, produces small black fruit, About 10 feet tall, 60% sunny location.

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

That is species of privet (European privet - Ligustrum vulgare - I beleive.) It can be quite invasive, but there has been a bit of breeding work done to introduce less-invasive cultivars (sometimes difficult to confirm). One of these is Ligustrum x vicaryi 'Golden Ticket.'

There are many non-invasive alternatives to privet. One of my favorites is summersweet (Clethera alnifolia), which also has a great fragrance, as well as bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera).

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