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Common privet

Ligustrum vulgare

Privet (Eng), Gewone liguster (Afr)

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring or autumn and keep moist.
Cuttings
Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feed on the fruit.
Hedge plant
Make good hedges, reacts well to clipping to form formal hedges.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees.

Geography

Origin
Europe, North Africa, Southwest Asia.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Oleaceae
Flower colour
Creamy white, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to aphids, leaf spot, scale insects, leaf-mining moths, thrips, honey fungus, wilt.

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