PRIVET

FLOWERING SHRUB. As a rule these densely-foliaged shrubs are rigorously clipped, being much used for garden divisions and hedges, but the Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), if left to flower and grow as a shrub in the garden, is a picture in July, with creamy white spikes as profuse though not so big as lilac clusters. They are followed by blackish-purple fruits. Grows to about 15 ft. This shrub likes sun, infrequent watering and any ordinary soil. Cuttings, after flowering, make root readily. Root prune every 3 years; it is easily done — sharply slice the spade vertically into the earth 6 in. from the stem.

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