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Japanese Tree Lilac vs Wild Privet

Syringa reticulata

Ligustrum vulgare

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Japanese Tree Lilac
Wild Privet

Japanese Tree Lilac is an attractive, heavy-flowering lilac with fragrant white blossoms. It can be pruned to a single stem or grown as a multi-stemmed shrub.

Japanese Tree Lilac's dark reddish-brown bark peels as the tree ages, creating visual appeal for any yard, especially in the winter.

This tree is often planted along boulevards and its attractive white flowers signal spring to all who drive by.

Wild Privet is a fast growing ornamental shrub that is well suited for forming hedges and privacy screens. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They have small white flowers, though the smell is often considered unpleasant. While the berries are inedible, they are a good food source for many bird species.

It is recommended to prune Wild Privet immediately after flowering, as it can readily self seed. It is deer and rabbit tolerant. It can grow in dry areas, on slopes, and withstand the wind making it well suited for many growing conditions.

JAPANESE TREE LILAC QUICK FACTS

WILD PRIVET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: black
Flowers: white with yellow anthers
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)


Toxicity: If ingested, all parts of this plant will cause severe discomfort. Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses

Other Names: common privet, european privet