Green Privet

Key Data
Misc Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour White/Cream
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Screening
Also Good Fragrant

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Ligustrum ovalifolium

Green Privet is a tough and resilient evergreen hedging plant that can grow to 4 metres if left to its own devices. It really does the job of a hedge super efficiently: it grows quickly, clips neatly and manages to flourish even in poor, compacted soil or when completely in the shade of other trees. All this makes it the most popular member of our range of privet hedging for sale. It seems to be oblivious to pollution and so is perfectly happy next to a busy road, occluding light and noise from the road at the same time. As a result, it is THE most valuable hedge for that tricky combination of an urban area and poor soil. The only thing that it will not like is to be waterlogged so make sure that you give it decent drainage. As the name suggests the leaves are small, oval-shaped and slightly pointed at the end. They are a matt green, uniform in colour and knit together to make a lovely, luxurious hedge that will fill a gap or form a boundary in no time at all. In about July the plant is swathed in long, sweet-smelling, white flowers. The flowers then metamorphose into round, shiny black fruits for the autumn. If left to get out of hand, privet can be rejuvenated by hard pruning back down to the ground from which it will rise, phoenix-like, over the next couple of seasons. Rarely in a very hard and frosty winter privet may lose its leaves but soon recovers them once spring arrives.

Privet Privacy

Privet makes an excellent boundary hedge and works really well in a front garden to protect your house from the noise and light (not to mention the passersby) of a road all year round. It grows fast and so will quickly screen out an unsightly, neighbouring building or wooden fence. Because it is so tough you can plant privet where you may have despaired of ever being able to do better than bare soil. The flowers' creamy whiteness is hugely pretty. If you are growing it in a little light then intersperse some of the privet with Rosa Rugosa - another tough hedging plant that will produce pink or white flowers in the summer and gorgeous hips in the autumn. And while you are planting your hedge, add in a few clumps of Narcissus bulbs at the edge of the trench to bring some spring cheer and it saves you digging twice. For the more artistic, you can also execute some elementary topiary with privet too. A slightly more unusual variety of privet is the variegated Golden Privet which will lighten and brighten a dark corner. Alternatively you may prefer the native Wild Privet which is equally tough and hardy.


  • Size sold: 40-100 cm
  • Final Height: 75cm to 4m
  • Soil: any soil
  • Use: Formal/clipped
  • Single Row: 3/m
  • Colour: green
  • Urban hedging
  • Pollution resistant, shade tolerant

Ponderings on Privet

Green privet is a Japanese plant that was introduced to Britain in 1885. The Victorians fell in love with it because it grew happily in their polluted, smoggy inner cities. Birds love the berries in autumn and it is a stick insect's essential diet in the UK!

Received the order yesterday and planted today! Good quality trees and roses. Many thanks RogerRoger
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