The Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, is a deciduous variety that grows up to 12 feet in height. The leaves are oval and dark green and the flowers are white. It will grow well in wet to dry soil.
For dry and alkaline soil, the amur privet is a great choice. It is wind tolerant, and likes full sun to partial shade. The medium green of the leaves will form a heavy shrub as it can tolerate extensive pruning. The amur, ligustrum amurense, grows naturally to 12-15 feet in height.
The golden privet, ligustrum vicaryi, lives up to its name with beautiful yellow foliage. The color is most intense when planted in full sun, but it will do well in part shade. The white flowers are a favorite of butterflies. Against a backdrop of other greenery, the golden privet will make a statement.
The intense dark green, glossy leaves of the regal border privet make for a striking hedge. Bees are attracted to the flowers, and the natural height is 12 to 15 feet. The regal border privet, Ligustrum obtusifolium, prefers moist, well-drained soil.
A formal approach with ornamental topiary can be provided by the northern privet. It can be sculpted into a variety of shapes due to the sturdiness and denseness of its foliage. In less formal applications, the northern privet makes a natural thick hedge up to 15 feet high.
Also suitable for formal or informal landscaping, the california privet has glossy, dark green leaves with a yellowish tone to the underside. Fast-growing in full sun to partial shade, the california privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium, shares the tolerance of the Ligustrum family for a wide variety of soils.