Privet Berry

Common Names: Privet berries

Botanical names: Ligustrum vulgare

Availability: Late summer and fall

Vase life: 7 to 10 days.

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Small, round to oval-shaped fruits that grow in clusters along the branches of privet shrubs.

Color: Shades of green to dark purple and black when ripe. However, depending on the species, they may also be red or yellow.

Botanical facts: Privet berries are classified as drupes. A drupe is a type of fruit that has a fleshy outer layer (exocarp) surrounding a hard shell (endocarp) that encloses the seed.

Design notes: Privet berries are wonderful for adding contrast and texture to a fall arrangement.

Purchasing hints: Purchase branches with firmly attached berries. Avoid branches with shattering berries.

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Privet plants and their berries have cultural significance in various regions. They are sometimes used symbolically in literature, art, and gardening, representing endurance, resilience, or protection.