Large shrub, growing to small tree size here in Texas, attracts birds, deer resistant, drought resistant, grows in sun or part shade, prefers damp soil. You can keep these short and bushy, make a hedge, grow them as small trees or use them for topiaries.
Native to Japan and Korea
Brought to US in 1800s for use as a hedge plant, became invasive in warmer parts of US. The wood was used for pegs, the berries for dye, leaves as an astringent. It makes a great nesting place for birds who will eat the berries.
Problems: Sooty mold, control with liquid dish soap mixed with water and sprayed on leaves
I liked it so much I bought 20 small plants on eBay, I’ll be running them along the fence out back. They shipped much later than I expected, today is June 14th, nothing should be planted between May 1st and Oct 31st, but perhaps I’ll get lucky and we’ll get a rainy summer? They are mostly still here, some are doing better than others. The ones getting the most water are happiest, yet some are in hard packed, bone dry dirt in the sun and they are slower growing but still here.
These are growing just fine. The deep freeze didn’t bother them, some are over 12′ tall, before I pruned them back.
Toxic see NC Ext Ligustrum japonicum