Shrub name?

Davy_KJuly 31, 2014

I see this plant everywhere. I will post a closer image.

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Davy_K

Close up.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:02AM
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Linda

It looks like Boxwood. (Buxus) And it has been extremely over-pruned. Or maybe I should say 'over-hacked'.

Linda

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:10AM
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Davy_K

Thanks! I thought so. Many boxwoods look like this out here.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:12AM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

Looks more like a Ligustrum to me.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:22AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The leaves are too large to be boxwood. Appears to be Ligustrum japonicum, an extremely common foundation planting. It is often used in locations where shearing is a required maintenance routine, and actually adapts quite well to the practice.

If you look around, you will also see the same plant allowed to grow quite tall and limbed up to a tree form, often with multiple trunks.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 2:21AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Yes - I agree, Ligustrum, not Buxus.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:17PM
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Davy_K

Thank you!!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:41PM
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Davy_K

Actually, I've never seen berries on these locally.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:43PM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

If the plants are sheared they may not produce many fruits, plus the birds eat them.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:06PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ligustrums that are continuously sheared will not be able to flower, therefore no berries.

I've heard Ligustrum japonicum preferred to as 'the Southern Lilac', in a nod to the bountiful clusters of white flowers. When allowed to grow and flower, they will bear plenty of small, blackish blue berries.

If I had to grow this plant, I'd have to keep the flowers pruned off. I think that they smell absolutely horrid and the pollen is enough to make non allergy prone people sneeze and cough.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:44PM
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Davy_K

Good to know! Thanks everyone :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:40PM
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