border privet Oleaceae Ligustrum obtusifolium
Leaf:Opposite, tardily deciduous to nearly evergreen, simple, oblong, 1 to 2 inches long, entire margins, slightly thickened, both tip and base rounded or blunt, dark green above and lighter below.
Flower:Short panicles of white flowers (less than 1 1/2 inches), often very dense, very fragrant, appearing late spring at ends of twigs; individual flowers with tubes longer than the 4 petal lobes.
Fruit:Shiny, blue-black berry with a white waxy bloom, smaller than 1/4 inch in diameter, ripens in fall and persisting.
Twig:Slender, grayish green, pubescent, small opposite buds.
Bark:Smooth, grayish brown, many light colored, short horizontal lenticels.
Form:Upright shrub to 12 feet with equal spread, usually with many stems, can be somewhat twiggy.