Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Privet (Ligustruvi vulgare), a British shrub belonging to the olive tribe. It grows 8 or 10 feet high, with small, opposite, entire sub-evergreen leaves, and panicles of white flowers, followed by black globular fruits (nuculanes). Both calyx and corolla are four-lobed, and there are two stamens. The berries are used to colour port wine and to paint playing-cards.