Ligustrum mdgare. - The Common Privet, or Prim. - The Privet shrub is a native of Europe, and introduced from thence to this country, and now has become domesticated in many parts of New England. In England, the Privet is an evergreen, or the leaves remain until driven off by new ones. In this climate it is deciduous, shedding its leaves late in autumn. "In France and Great Britain, the Privet is much used for a hedge plant, either alone or with other plants. Its use for this purpose is recommended by the beauty of the foliage, the flowers and berries, by its rapid and easy growth, and by the fact that it grows well under the drip of other trees, except evergreens. It flourishes in almost any soil, as may be easily seen from the variety of ground on which it has sown ' itself in the vicinity of Boston; and it is propagated by seeds, or by cuttings, and requires very little pruning. It grows in clumps, from strong, matted, bright-yellow roots, in height six or eight feet. Flowers white, in short, terminal panicles, in June; the berries are of a shining black." - [Emerson.)
The Privet blossom has been frequently celebrated for its whiteness.
-----------------" The Privet, too,
Whose white flowers rival the first drifts of snow On Grampia's piny hills."
The blossom of the Privet, when exposed to the noonday sun, withers almost as soon as blown. In the shade, it not only lasts longer, but is much larger. The leaves, too, are much larger and fines when so placed.