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Ligustrum vulgare (Common Privet)

Common Privet, Wild Privet, Prim, Prim-Cut, European Privet


Ligustrum vulgare (Common Privet) is a fast-growing, bushy, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub with lance-shaped, dark green leaves, 2.5 in. long (6 cm), and panicles of small, white flowers at the stem tips in early summer. The blossoms are very fragrant, but are considered by many to have an unpleasant aroma. They give way to small, glossy berries which ripen to black in fall and persist throughout winter. Semi-evergreen in mild winter climates, Common Privets are a popular choice as ornamental shrubs and for hedgerows.

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 8-15 ft. wide (240-450 cm). This plant will naturalize by self-seeding in optimum growing conditions.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Common Privet is not fussy about soils provided they are not soggy or wet. Good drainage is essential. Drought and pollution tolerant.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, leaf-mining moths, thrips and leaf spot.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Hedges are usually trimmed 1-2 times in summer.
  • Propagate by seed, semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings.
  • All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
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  • Native to Northern Europe, Mediterranean, northern Africa, Asia Minor.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ligustrum - Privets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Spacing 96" – 144" (240cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ligustrum - Privets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 8' – 15' (240cm – 4.5m)
Spacing 96" – 144" (240cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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