Anyone any ideas what this is?

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Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: # 288273Post kaiakate
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:25 pm

I don't think it's edible... I'm certainly not trying the berries anyway! But am curious as to what this is - found it growing on the edge of my garden. Anyone know?
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Post: # 288274Post Odsox
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:43 pm

Looks like privet to me, although I've never grown it.
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Post: # 288275Post kaiakate
Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:01 pm

Thanks :)

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Post: # 288277Post Weedo
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:54 pm

Certainly a privet, most probably European privet (Ligustrum vulgare). Native to southern Europe, not sure if this includes Britain; berries are definitely poisonous and flowers can trigger hay fever like allergy. It is the compounds in the perfume rather than the pollen in this case.

Privets are usually treated as invasives (weeds) in Australia although this species has only turned up on the NSW Northern Tablelands so far.
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Post: # 288278Post Green Aura
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:18 am

Yes, looks like a privet. I've never seen one fruit before as they're almost always trimmed. I bet it looked beautiful in flower.
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Post: # 288279Post bonniethomas06
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:44 am

I would have said laurel or privet - either way for the birds rather than for us I think.
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