This genus contains about twenty-five species of ornamental, hardy, deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees indigenous to Europe, temperate Asia and Australia. They are easily cultivated, will grow in any good garden soil and make excellent subjects for grouping in the pleasure-garden. They flower freely and remain in bloom for several months. The Japanese species Ligustrum Ibota, Ligu-strum Japonicum, Ligustrum lu-cidum and Ligustrum ovalifol-ium, are among the best and should be used freely in planting large grounds. Ligustrum ovali-folium and Ligustrum Japonicum make good hedge plants.

Propagate by cuttings in the Fall, or by seeds sown in open ground in Spring. Cover the seeds to the depth of one-eighth of an inch.