The Privet Hedge or Ligustrum
Privet Hedge or Ligustrum is a fast growing deciduous shrub that can reach up to 8 to 12 feet in height. Its width is typically half of the size of its height, and it can grow up to 3 feet per year. The dark green leaves on the Privet Hedge are approximately 2 to 3 inches long and have a very high gloss or sheen to them. In early summer this delight hedge will bloom with petite white flowers. These fragrant flowers are known to attract honeybees and a wide variety of butterflies. When the flowers are done blooming, this shrub becomes filled with a dark berry-like fruit. This fruit will attract not only songbirds but squirrels and chipmunks as well. This shrub takes to shearing and pruning very well. This makes the Privet Hedge an excellent choice for shaping into geometric designs. When using it as a privacy hedge, pruning it early in the season will encourage the shrub to produce thick and dense layers. Privet Hedge is often used as borders or property demarcation lines, protecting yards or gardens. Besides lasting year-round, evergreen hedges have several advantages over deciduous ones. They offer year-round protection, but are also easier to grow than deciduous hedges, requiring less pruning or training. They also need less water and less composting. Privet Hedge tends to give an excellent impression of the property, presenting nicely when pruned into attractive shapes. While they do create a boundary, they also retain a green, natural look that a fence cannot provide. Many different types of evergreen plants can make up Privet Hedge. For maximum resilience to disease and insects, it’s a good idea to use more than one variety. A partial list of the varieties that make excellent privacy hedges includes: Holly (Ilex), Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea), Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), Boxwood (Buxus), Yew (Taxus baccata), Green Giant Hybrid Arborvitae (Thuja plicata x standishii), Leyland Cyprus (Cupressus x leylandii) and Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestic). While these vary in growth rates from the slow-growing Holly to the fast-growing Leyland Cyprus, all make beautiful hedges that with a little care, will last for years.
Mature Width: 4-6 feet wide
Growth/Year: 3-4 feet
Sunlight: thrives in both full sun and part shade.
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to a wide range of conditions including acidic, alkaline, well-drained, moist