Japanese privet or wax leaf privet is a versatile shrub for warm winter areas. It has attractive evergreen foliage, dense foliage and is a fast grower with a compact growing habit; it is very easy to grow and maintain. Oval and blunt to ovate-lanceolate and pointed, glossy, dark green leaves (4” long) are pale whitish-green underneath. White flowers are on upright panicles (6” long) that bloom in late May through early June. Flowers have an unpleasant aroma. Flowers give way to oval-rounded black drupes which ripen in fall and persist into winter. Typically grows 6-10ft tall and wide, It shapes well and is sometimes used as topiary specimens such as globes, pyramids or cones.