Live in zone 9 in USA. This shrub is about 6 feet tall and we have to trim it every year or else it'll grow taller and block windows. Planted 5+ years ago.

White flowers it looks like too. Would like to plant this in backyard too for privacy. House faces north. Backyard has 12 hours sunlight.

Edit: it looks more and more like waxy leaf ligustrum but it's been trimmed in to a rectangular shape.

photo 1starting to flowerfront view

Better quality pics

flowers bloom white zoomed in

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    Possibly cherry / common / English laurel. You wouldn't have a close-up of the flowers and leaves? Or at least larger photos with a better resolution?
    – Stephie
    Apr 9, 2016 at 18:20
  • @Stephie the pics are 3mb each but stackexchange reduces quality of them. Any ideas around this?
    – Danger14
    Apr 10, 2016 at 6:25
  • erm, sorry, no. Let's wait for those with more experience to chime in. Another question: Do the flowers produce fruit (berries)? What do they look like?
    – Stephie
    Apr 10, 2016 at 6:30
  • Pic of the flowers once open would be helpful, but at the moment, I'm thinking Viburnum, maybe V. tinus, though it looks much brighter green than I'm used to in the UK and the flower formation doesn't look quite right. It definitely is not cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) that produces candle style flowers...
    – Bamboo
    Apr 10, 2016 at 13:00
  • Are the leaves waxy and thick enough for Wax Ligustrum? They don't look as if they are under magnification, but its hard to tell - plus there doesn't appear to be any of the typical 'waviness' of leaves there usually is with that plant. Could be Ligustrum ovalifolium though but those leaves on yours look 'soft'
    – Bamboo
    Apr 10, 2016 at 13:10

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You've confirmed the leaves are paired, so I'm pretty sure its a Ligustrum - seeing the flower sprays when they're fully out would help, but probably L. ovalifolium (though the leaves seem a little large for that) or possibly wax Ligustrum, but the leaves just don't seem, in the picture, to be thick and shiny enough for that variety. But it would appear to be Ligustrum of some variety.


Have you noticed if it's currently blooming little bitty white flowers? If so, next time you walk by it, consciously take a big whiff. If you notice a nice floral fragrance, I'm pretty sure you have a Jasmine bush

  • I haven't seen a jasmine having such bud tips..
    – Spectra
    Oct 15, 2021 at 9:15
  • It doesn’t have any flowers.
    – Danger14
    Oct 15, 2021 at 9:37
  • Ligustrum has sweet perfume and many bees. Oct 15, 2021 at 14:24

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