Glossy privet is a small tree or shrub which can reach a height of 30 feet or more, but is typically much smaller. It commonly has multiple trunks with light gray smooth or thorny bark and a symmetrical round or vase-shaped dense crown of drooping branches. Leaves are dark green, glossy, opposite/subopposite, simple, entire, ovate to lanceolate and 4 - 8 inches long. Flowers are white/cream/gray, showy, borne in erect terminal clusters up to 10 inches long; blooms are very small and fragrant. Fruits also borne in clusters, oval, round, fleshy, blue-black, berries less than 1/2 inch long, attracting birds. Fruits have medicinal use in china. Glossy privet is easily propagated with softwood cuttings or seeds. In cultivation it is hardy, growing in a range of well-drained soil types. Requires pruning to maintain tree form or shrub in hedging. Attractive foliage and flowers make this a good choice for a specimen or accent plant in a garden, courtyard, civic center, also suitable for large planters and formed into topiary. Fruits and leaves can create a litter problem. Glossy privet is invasive.