Botanical Name: Ligustrum amurense
Common Name: Amur Privet  
Plant photo of: Ligustrum amurense
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Amur privet, a northern China native, is a dense, erect, multi-stemmed, fast-growing, deciduous shrub (semi-evergreen in mild winters) that typically matures to 12 to 15 feet tall and about 8 to 12 feet wide. It has elliptic to oblong leaves that are a deep, dull green above with hair on the underside midribs. Creamy white flowers in panicles bloom May to June and attact butterflies. Some think the flowers have an unpleasant aroma, but they give way to oval black drupes which ripen in fall and are enjoyed by birds.
Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, except wet ones. Tolerant of urban conditions. Responds well to pruning. Specimen plants actually require little pruning and should be pruned selectively as needed in spring after flowering. Hedges may be pruned in spring before flowering (if flowers are not a concern) and at 1-2 additional times during the summer to shape and to encourage dense branching. Plants may naturalize by self-seeding in optimum growing conditions, and may form thickets in areas where growth is not controlled.