Green Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is one of our most popular and familiar hedging plants in the UK, the oval shaped leaves are paler green when young, becoming much darker as they mature. Fragrant clusters of white flowers are produced during the summer months, especially on plants that have not been trimmed.
Green Privet is a semi evergreen hedging shrub, in the shelter of suburban town gardens. Privet hedges will usually remain evergreen all year, in colder and more exposed situations the plants may drop many leaves, especially during cold snaps but this is perfectly normal and they will re leaf fairly early the next season.
Privet is such a popular hedging, because it is virtually indestructible and perfectly suited to the UK climate. It grows in any situation from full shade to full sun and in any soil type from thin and sandy to heavy clay, and including chalk however, waterlogged soil is the only conditions this versatile plant won’t grow in.
Green Privet hedges can be kept in perfect order with a single trim at any time of year, twice a year if you want a more manicured and formal look. It can be used to create hedge of all sizes from 90cm, up to around three metres and with a reasonably fast growth rate of at least 30cm a year in decent soil, even plants of more modest sizes will give coverage fairly quickly.
Bare root Privet are grown in the soil in our fields and lifted for sale when dormant from November until April which is the correct time for planting. We don’t need compost or pots to produce the crop and far less fertiliser and water. With such a lean production system these bare root hedging plants are unbeatable value and by far the most economical way to establish a new Green Privet hedge.
Bare root Privet plants will almost always shed all their leaves after planting (you may even find many of them in the bottom of the carton when they are delivered!). Don’t let this put you off, it is perfectly normal and they will re leaf the following spring.
Planting distance is very much a matter of personal choice, and how patient you are prepared to be. We have our recommended planting density next to each size as a guide. You can use our handy calculator to work out how many you need if you know the meterage to be planted, tick the box if you want a double row hedge. (This increases the number of plants by 50% to give a much thicker hedging result more quickly).
For any questions about bare root Green Privet or any other hedging plants please do give our sales team a call on 01580 765600, they will be pleased to help.