Privet Ligustrum vulgare
Family: Oleaceae (Olive)
Branching: Opposite / Sub-opposite
This is an introduced shrub from Europe that is very commonly
used for hedges. It escapes quite often in southern Ontario and
can be found in many woodlots. It looks somewhat similar to
Common Buckthorn (twigs) but it usually quite distinctive. Like
Buckthorn it is often "sub-opposite" where the buds on vigorous shoots
appear alternate. One other characteristic is that its fruits
occur at the end of the branches and are often seen throughout the
winter; also its leaves are sometimes seen.
Winter twig of Privet. The buds are not usually so green
Privet drops its leaves very late and often some can be seen at the top of the branches
in the winter.
Lateral buds of Privet
Privet fruits are dark and occur at the end of the branches.
Another view of the end bud
Slightly sub-opposite placement of buds on a vigorous shoot.
Sometimes this is so drastic as to look completely alternate
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