enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description hereA bit west of Portland. It doesn't look native to me, and we didn't plant it. This is the first year it flowered, so I decided to see if I can get it identified. If it matters, the flowers are aromatic.


This is a Privet (Genus Ligustrum). It appears to be Ligustrum vulgare which is known as Common Privet, or sometimes European Privet.

It is a common woodland understorey shrub in Europe, often planted as garden hedging in urban areas as it is semi-deciduous and responds well to repeated pruning. You could never really call it a tree, it is a shrub species.

The white flowers as you say are quite fragrant and pleasant. They develop into shiny black/dark purple berries.

  • $\begingroup$ I would normally add some photos of my own, but yours are so good they show all the characteristic features very well. $\endgroup$ – Martin Hügi Jun 19 '17 at 8:30

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