Privet hedges: a hardy, semi-evergreen and easy to maintain hedge

Privet Hedge Ligustrum Ovalifolium

Privet Hedge at-a-glance

Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen

Display: Pale, distinctively scented flowers

Hardiness: ✯✯✯✯✯

Ease of maintenance: ✯✯✯✯✯

Versatility: ✯✯✯

Drought Resistance: ✯✯✯✯✯

Soil type: Acid or Alkaline

Wet/Dry: Dry

Preferred situation: Sun / Light Shade

Height: Up to 4m

Growth Rate: Medium

Privet Hedge – more information (Ligustrum Ovalifolium)

Ligustrum ovalifolium, (or Oval-leaved Privet) is native to Japan but has made a second home in Britain where it is our most popular hedging plant.

Hardy and unfussy privet hedging can attain a height of 4m but a lower height is easily maintained by pruning in August. If you want to maintain the geometric neatness of an established hedge throughout the summer, it can be frequently trimmed. This is also the way to keep the flowers at bay if you are not a fan of their distinctive fragrance.

Privet is classified as a semi-evergreen because it does drop some leaves in autumn and winter, generally from inside its form rather than from the outside face and any such drop will compromise neither its good looks nor the privacy it offers. In short, privet creates a superb, medium size and effectively evergreen garden hedge.

Soil and Situation: Any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Maintenance: An annual haircut to maintain its shape and height is essential and best done in August, though trimming throughout the growing season will do no harm.

Versatility: It makes an excellent and easy-to-maintain hedge – if you are looking for a container plant, Box is perhaps the better choice – though much slower growing.