10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Common Privet Overview
Also known as the common European privet, wild privet and common privet, this species is a deciduous shrub with a bushy growth habit. Grown for their lance-shaped foliage and small, unpleasantly scented, white flowers. These lead onto black berry fruits. They are good for a shrub border or as specimen plants and all make good hedging.
Common problems with Common Privet
Susceptible to aphids, leaf spot, scale insects, leaf-mining moths, thrips, honey fungus, wilt.
How to harvest Common Privet
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Common Privet
Sow seed in spring or autumn and keep moist.
Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Common Privet
Birds feed on the fruit.
Make good hedges, reacts well to clipping to form formal hedges.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Common Privet
Fragrance, foliage, ornamental, banks, hedging.