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Common Privet

Ligustrum vulgare

Wild privet, Prim, Prim-cut

Genus of about 50 species of deciduous, evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs and trees. Grown for their foliage and flowers they are good for a shrub border or as specimen plants and all make good privite hedges. L. vulgare is known as the common European Privet, while the evergreen oval leafed one is L.ovalifolius.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring or autumn and keep moist.
Cuttings
Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feed on the fruit.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Hedge plant
Make good hedges, reacts well to clipping to form formal hedges.

Geography

Origin
Europe, north Africa, Asia

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Oleaceae
Flower colour
Creamy white
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to aphids, leaf spot, scale insects, leaf miners, thrips, honey fungus, wilt.

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