What is this tall shrub often used for privacy?

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Date Photo Taken: 07/02/2012
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: Jules


I have seen this tall, thin, woodsy shrub very often around Atlanta. It is often used as a privacy screen for utility boxes or as a border between neighbors.

It has green leaves that do not appear to be shiny. I have never seen fruit or flowers. It is very wirey and filled with branches.

I would love to grow some of my own for a privacy screen but I have no idea what it is. Someone had suggested it might be a smooth leaf holly; it doesn’t look like any in the nurseries.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    This looks like a wax leaf ligustrum with pruners disease. This link show a closeup of the foliage. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/234302/
    If we’re on the right track you may want to view this video regarding the wax leaf ligustrum. He waxes a little long but does address a common problem with the shrub, the dreaded pruners disease.

    July 11th, 2012 at 12:02 am
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    What video you may ask? Well that would be this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5aPttvcJs
    Sorry about that.

    July 11th, 2012 at 12:05 am
  3. Jules Unregistered says:

    Unfortunately, having looked at the ligustrum in person and online, it still doesn’t appear to be what I have in the picture. I really am not sure- the landscape designer I showed it to seemed to think it was holly but none at the nursery looked like it either. Thank you, though, for the input. I’m really hoping I can figure this one out before I decide to plant something in its place.

    July 16th, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  4. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Back to the drawing board!

    July 16th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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