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Ligustrum ovalifolium (Privet) – Rootballed


Traditional evergreen/semi-evergreen hedging plant though will lose some leaves in severe winters. Vigorous shrub with oval leaves. Small white flowers in summer and black berries in autumn. Fast growing – approximately 30cm / year. Trim at least twice a year. Makes an excellent ‘private’ screen which needs to be clipped to shape. It tolerates most soils and aspects.


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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Full sun

Soil Type




Flowering Time




Pruning Time

Early Spring;Summer

Ultimate Height

4 metres

Ultimate Spread

4 metres