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Ligustrum ovalifolium

Privet

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Generally untroubled by pests and diseases

Fast-growing, easy to trim and maintain

Easy to grow, tolerant of pollution and drought resistant

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A classic British hedging plant, Ligustrum ovalifolium is more often known as Privet and is one of the most resilient evergreen shrubs you can grow. Oval-shaped rich green leaves create a dense covering and are the perfect backdrop to the small creamy summer flowers, which are attractive to bees and butterflies. Small black berries follow in the autumn which are eaten by birds. Drought-resistant, fast growing and easy to maintain, Privet can be used for evergreen hedging or grown as part of a mixed border in sun or semi-shade. Height and spread: 3m (10').

The leaves are Non-Variegated

While Ligustrum are usually evergreen plants, staying in leaf through winter, severe cold temperatures can cause them to drop some or all of their leaves. This is a natural reaction and causes no permanent damage even when specimens lose all their leaves. New growth comes back quickly in spring.

Height Up to 400cm (158in)
Spread Up to 400cm (157in)

Hardy Shrub

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sun or semi shade

Flowering Months
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10 Bare Root Plants (60-90cm (24-35in) In Height) (KC1958)
25 Bare Root Plants (60-90cm (24-35in) In Height) (KB0043)
1 x 3.5 Litre Potted Plant (58258)
2 x 3.5 Litre Potted Plants (T58259P)

Privet can be grown in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It will tolerate soils ranging from sand to chalk and clay, and even areas of pollution.
Privet can be grown as either as free-standing shrub or trained as a hedge. The Free-standing shrubs are low maintenance, needing very little priuning; simply removed any dead, damaged or diseased growth each spring. Hedges can be trimmed in May and again in August. After cutting, the plants will benefit from a mulch, approximately 5cm (2") deep of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plants. Caution: harmful if eaten.

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