Green Privet – Ligustrum ovalifolium. 40-60cm

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Available October – March.

Green Privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium) are dense, bushy, evergreen shrub with large glossy, dark green leaves. Green Privet make excellent hedging plants and can cope with deep shade under trees as well as full sun. Small white flowers are produced on spikes in mid-spring, followed by cherry red berries.

Plant Guide

Bareroot plants are just that – plants with little or no soil on the roots. They are not actively growing at this time ( November – April ). The roots are exposed rather than in pots.

Plants that are bare-rooted should be planted asap. The roots should be kept moist at all times while exposed. Bareroot plants may be dormant, but they are still alive and should be treated carefully. After receiving your plants prepare them for planting as soon as possible. If the roots are dry, pour some water over the roots to freshen them up before planting.

Never leave exposed roots in the sun. The best of all is to try to be ready to plant as soon as the plants arrive. If it is not possible to plant immediately, then place the plants in a tub with good drainage holes, and fill it with compost that covers the roots to protect against the elements. They should be planted within a few days.

They can also be dug into a hole in the ground until ready to plant. When you are ready to plant, you can soak the plants in water just before placing in the planting hole. Compost or peat moss can be incorporated into the native soil. It is not necessary to add fertiliser to the planting at this stage unless it’s rootgrow (Bonemeal). If you are ready to plant then preparing not only the planting hole, but the plants are important.

While preparing the planting hole, you may put the bare-root plants in a bucket with a small amount of water to moisten the roots before planting. Dig the hole as deep as the roots, place in the hole and fill in with your soil or compost. Once planted water, and do so every three or so days.

Position: full sun, partial shade or shade.

Soil: will grow in all.

Rate of growth: fast-growing

Flowering period: April Flower

Colour: White

Other features: a very versatile hedging shrub

Hardiness: fully hardy Prune in either spring or summer. Mature plants can tolerate hard pruning in spring, cutting back to the old wood.

Eventual height: 5m Plants are easily maintained at a smaller height and spread by annual trimming. Plant 3-4 per metre for best results

Best Uses

Green Privet makes a dense hedge that can act as a privacy screen which also provides noise production and shielding against the wind. Green Privet’s qualities make it perfect for urban households that want to add a bit more privacy to their property.

Care Advice

We recommend pruning Green Privet in either spring or summer. Mature plants can tolerate hard pruning in spring, cutting back to the old wood. This way the plant can keep its form nice and tidy but you can trim it more often if you have a specific shape in mind.

Plant Combinations

Green Privet is rarely grown with other plants and is usually the main feature in the garden with no need for any companions.

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