Common Pivet (Ligustrum)

Wild Privet or European Privet
______Common-Privet-HedgerowPrivet Hedgerow

It is a semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub, growing to 3 m (rarely up to 5 m) tall. The stems are stiff, erect, with grey-brown bark spotted with small brown lenticels. The leaves are borne in decussate opposite pairs, sub-shiny green, narrow oval to lanceolate, 2–6 cm long and 0.5–1.5 cm broad. The flowers are produced in mid summer in panicles3–6 cm long, each flower creamy-white, with a tubular base and a four-lobed corolla (‘petals’) 4–6 mm diameter. The flowers produce a strong, pungent fragrance that many people find unpleasant. The fruit is a small glossy blackberry 6–8 mm diameter, containing one to four seeds. The berries are poisonous, but readily eaten by thrushes, which disperse the seeds in their droppings.

PivetBerriesCommon Pivet Berries

Toxic Principle:
Colchicine and other alkaloids
The symptoms of colchicine poisoning resemble those of arsenic, and no antidote is known.

Poisoning Symptoms include:
Oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression.


Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly