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Ligustrum ovalifolium | Green Privet Hedging

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A versatile Privet hedge, ideal for forming dense hedging and great for topiary too!

Green Privet is widely regarded as one of the best hedging plants for a garden. This plant provides dense cover if regularly clipped. It additionally retains its foliage through most winters, making it wonderful for bringing colour that lasts all year round. If left unclipped, Privet hedging plants will bear delicate white blooms in summer, which are later followed by black fruit in the autumn. The dense form of this hedging specimen makes it a popular choice for borders and topiary (where it can be turned into any shape!).

  • Supplied As:  Bare root
  • Height on Arrival:  50 - 80cm
  • Features:  Good for topiary, white flowers, black berries
  • Habit:  Columnar, upright
  • Deciduous?:  Semi-evergreen
Your hedging plant will be sent directly from our trusted grower. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs and trees, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

A dense and versatile hedging plant, the needs of your Privet hedge are simple. Below we address some common queries surrounding its care:

  • Grow in moist, but well-drained soil. Either full sun or part shade is fine.
  • In the first two years of having your Privet in your garden, keep it well watered, and the surrounding area free of weeds.

Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No