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Wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare L.): a multipurpose species with an important role in forest land reclamation.


Wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare L.) is generally recognized as a useful shrub species across its wide natural distribution range. The aim of this review paper was to give an overview of the species' multiple uses and highlight its relevance in forest land reclamation projects. Data regarding taxonomy, chorology, ecological requirements and biological characteristics are also presented. Even though it is listed as an invasive species in several countries worldwide, wild privet is one of the main shrub species used in establishing protective forest shelterbelts on several types of degraded terrains.