Common name: Native privet. Pribhéad.
This population originates from Co Down. Irish Grid reference: J593448.
Perennial, semi-evergreen shrub growing to about 10m in height. Creamy-white flower clusters May to July, black berries in October. Leaves distinctly narrower than the usual imported garden variety. Pick the poisonous berries with gloves on or your fingers will be black for some time.
A good choice for native hedging. Berries loved by birds, especially thrushes and blackbirds. Is the larval food plant of the privet hawk moth.
Will grow in most situations.
We have these as very young plants, it will be advisable to either keep them in pots until they’re older or plant them in an area you’ll be keeping clear of weeds.
The berries are poisonous to humans. Berries are a dark dye.