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Privet

Ligustrum spp.

Ligustrum ovalifolium by MPF (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7-H4

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

10m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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LIGUSTRUM VULGARE - MORROCURT - IB-784 (Olivereta)
Hedge ligustrum ovalifolium aureum
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Privet Overview

Ligustrum is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and small trees in the Oleaceae family. This genus is native to Eurasia and Africa with many species now naturalised in non-native habitats around the world. Members of the genus have simple leaves and panicles of tiny usually white flowers that are followed by black berries. In some species, these flowers smell unpleasant. Commonly known as privet, they are often cultivated as hedging plants as they are hardy and take well to clipping and pruning.

Common problems with Privet

How to propagate Privet

Cuttings

In summer take semi-hardwood cuttings, in winter take hardwood cuttings.

Seed

Some species are easily propagated by seed.

Special features of Privet

Attractive leaves

Wind break

Hedge plant

These species make good hedges, they react well to clipping to form formal hedges.

Poisonous to Pets

If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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