It was slim pickings (yeah, pun intended; I know it’s bad but I couldn’t resist) this week when deciding on a yard bouquet because not much is in bloom, except for this large shrub:
I’ve always hated this shrub. We have two others just like it, such as this one:
These shrubs grow very quickly and seem to take over. But their spring flowers are delicate and pretty with a sweet scent, so I decided to clip a few branches.
I asked my neighbor Jim if he knew the name of the shrub. He said it was a ligustrum (the common name is privet). I searched here and here (and several other places) to learn more about it and found that there are several varieties of ligustrum and they’re all invasive. Though I suspect we have Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), I really don’t know for sure which variety of ligustrum we have because I’m not a botanist and descriptions like this one found here about “Glossy privet” (Ligustrum lucidum) leave me more than a little confused:
To separate this from other introduced Ligustrum species, note that the branches are densely pubescent, the leaves are pubescent beneath on the midrib, the flowers are on pedicels, and the flower tube is shorter than the lobes.
Given that it seems that all varieties of ligustrum are invasive and I’ve really never liked the shrubs we have, our three privets’ days may be numbered. In the meantime, the flowers have made for a pretty little yard bouquet:
If you’re interested, you can see the previous nine bouquets I clipped from our garden by clicking on the “Yard bouquets” link below.