In my backyard, there is a flowering shrub resembling privet.
- It's about 7' high and 9'wide
- It's growing in dappled shade in open "lawn"
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- Small, white four petaled trumpet flowers in small grape-cluster-like racemes,
- Ovate, opposite, glossy, leathery foliage
- Smooth gray bark
- Generally grows about 4"/year
- Blooms anywhere between May 15 and June 15 (depending on the weather)
- Semi evergreen (Loses 1/2 it's foliage on average, this winter almost all)
- Makes a very small, blue berry that persists into winter
- Deep burgundy/purple winter foliage
- Fairly hairy new growth
My reasons for doubting that this is privet:
- The leaves are much smaller than I've ever seen on privet
- This shrub looks more like a focal planting and less like a hedge bush
- The flowers are in a very small cluster
- Privets are very fast-growing plants
- Hairy new growth
I'd like to know what this is, so I can get more. See pics below. The picture with the hand is for scale. If you need another pic let me know.
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