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This is a fast-growing shrub that will create a living privacy fence in just a few years. Privet hedges (Ligustrum ovalifolium) will grow up to 3 feet per year and will reach a mature size of 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Easy to prune, the shrub can be kept at the desired size. Due to its dense growth habits, prune with shears for best results.
Hardy in growing zones 4-8, privet hedges will form a thick mass of small branches covered with glossy green leaves. A mature privet hedge is thick enough to prevent a small child or family pet from passing through to the opposite side.
This fast-growing hedge shrub will need at least 4 hours of direct sun each day. It adapts to most all soil types. Depending on the variety planted, it may be a semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub.
Crepe Myrtle Shrubs
A southern staple, crepe myrtle shrubs thrive in hot weather and semi-drought conditions. Shrubs form a small tree if left un-pruned, but it’s typically pruned every few years to maintain a desired height and shape. Hardy in growing zones 6-9, crepe myrtle shrubs can reach a mature height of 20 feet and equally as wide.
Delicate, crepe paper-like blooms in various colors are borne on long, slender branches that arch downward. Flowers appear in mid-summer and last until fall.
Leaves are small, round and glossy green, covering the length of the slender branches. Blooms drop, and the green leaves turn colorful shades of red, orange and yellow in the fall. Seed pods, which resemble brown berries, are left behind on the branches after all the leaves and flowers are gone. The seed pods on these favorite shrubs attract birds during the winter, and the blooms attract pollinators during the summer.