Privet

Ligustrum spp.

profile iconLigustrum ovalifolium
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A green Ligustrum plant with white flowers in a garden
profile iconLigustrum ovalifolium
by MPF (CC BY 2.5)
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

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

Seed

Some species are easily propagated by seed.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Wind break

Hedge plant

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

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Chalk

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Oleaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild
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