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Growing Privet

Growing Privet

hardy Amur Privet


Popular hardy shrubs with glossy leaves held on the plants until late fall. Two forms are available, Hardy Amur River Privet (Ligustrum amurense, 20582) and Hardy Cheyenne Privet (Ligustrum vulgare, 20586). Often used as a hedge or foundation plant. Flowers attract butterflies and produce black oval fruit in fall. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. Plant bare root Privet in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in a hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep enough to fit the roots without bending. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun to part shade. Drought-tolerant once established and also tolerant of urban pollution. Can be pruned before or after flowering to shape plants as desired and promote dense growth. Note that Ligustrum vulgare can be aggressive to invasive in Midwestern climates.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other shrubs used as hedges include Cotoneaster Hedge (20374), Grove Dwarf Burning Bush (20437), and Nanking Bush Cherry (20772).

Complimentary Products

A light to moderate feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Can be used as a background for hardy flowering perennials.

Privet Facts

Usually does not suffer significant pest or disease damage. Aphids, Japanese beetles, leaf miners, mealybugs, mites, scale, whitefly, anthracnose, cankers, crown gall, twig blight, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and root rots occasionally occur. The leaves and fruit of Privet are poisonous if eaten.

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