Ligustrum ovalifolium, commonly known as Privet, is a popular and reliable choice for creating hedges in gardens and landscapes. This versatile and evergreen shrub possesses several characteristics that make it an excellent option for hedging:
- Evergreen Foliage: One of the primary attractions of Ligustrum ovalifolium is its dense and evergreen foliage, though will lose some leaves in severe winters. The oval-shaped, glossy leaves are a lustrous dark green, which means this shrub retains its vibrant appearance throughout the year. This quality makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a year-round privacy screen or hedge.
- Rapid Growth: Privet is known for its vigorous growth, and it can establish a dense hedge relatively quickly, making it an efficient choice for those looking to create a barrier or partition within their garden.
- Tolerant and Adaptable: Ligustrum ovalifolium is known for its adaptability to a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and can endure a variety of climates, including coastal areas. Its adaptability makes it suitable for many different regions.
- Regular Pruning: While this shrub can grow quickly, it is amenable to regular pruning and shaping. This makes it easy to maintain the desired height and shape of your hedge, allowing for a neat and tidy appearance.
- Fragrant Flowers: In late spring to early summer, Privet produces small, white, and highly fragrant flowers in clusters. These blooms not only add a delightful fragrance to your garden but also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
- Wildlife Attraction: The berries of Ligustrum ovalifolium, which follow the flowers, are enjoyed by birds, further enhancing its ecological value.
Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.