The hardy ligustrum genus is a versatile group of shrubs for accents, hedges, or small trees. Three of the most popular for South Florida landscapes are varieties in green, gold-tipped and variegated. All have an attractive outward growth pattern and dense foliage that makes them ideal for camouflage and privacy. It can be used as a shrub for "privet hedges" but it's far superior in the form of a tree. 

This plant can grow 15 feet or more with a nice, natural shape. You can also keep it sheared into a smaller "bonsai" form of about 8 to 10 feet. A naturally multi-trunk tree with deep green, shiny leaves and white spring flowers, the all-green shrub is one the most popular choices for an easy-care small yard tree. When kept manicured, it's outstanding in formal landscapes or Oriental gardens. Left to grow naturally, it works well as a small shade tree with a casual look for any landscaping style.

These are evergreen, fast-growers that prefer full to part sun. They're cold-tolerant and can handle anything winter dishes out, so they'll do fine anywhere in South Florida.

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