Does this type of shrub exist? Shearing of Ligustrum can be performed any time of year, however, to avoid damaging new growth that emerges after pruning, I recommend ceasing pruning two months prior to the average first frost date in your area. Privet Hedge Planting Distance Photo by Nancy Andrews To plant a new privet hedge, create a trench two feet wide and two feet deep, space individual shrubs about 12 inches apart, and bring soil up to the branching trunk. Depends on the variety and size you want it. Why do local nurseries offer such invasive plants?! We will stay 4 days in San Francisco and then we would like to go, maybe to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Potwisha Campground or/ and Grant Grove) or to any other camping that could let us explore for three to six days. state. I’m only familiar with boxwoods but I know none that get 6-7 feet tall. Got a rental property and need some low maintenance green? Maybe just digging is easier – no one said gardening didn’t involve some hard work! Thank you in advance, Identification of Ligustrum is very tricky, which is part of the reason for the blanket, and unjustified, condemnation of them all. Glad we don’t have small children or ‘nibbly’ pets. I don’t know if your elderflower syrup is edible or not, but I certainly wouldn’t make myself the test subject to find out. Al;so, I made the mistake of planting two 4″ pots of Katie Ruelila 10 years ago in this backyard bed, and the rhizomes have spread 100 feet in all directions no matter how much I tried to dig them up before they escaped! Thanks for the compliment – we try to be informative and helpful, and stay away from ‘fluff’. Do you have any suggestions on pruning? Would appreciate hearing your thoughts and suggestions on our choice. I assume you know that when you see wisteria in a forest, that there are native species of this genus? I have 6 Japanese privet that were planted in the back of my property as a hedge about 6 years ago. Thank you again. We live in southern Arizona and we would like to know if the berries will ever fall off. I already have a bee problem in the neighbor’s house. Do you suppose that’s why I’ve never seen berries? It’s tough, reliably evergreen, native to NJ and a good hedging plant. Plan is to trim right after flowering as suggested. If you live in the north-east, then European privet (Ligustrum vulgare) also called common privet, is the main bad-guy. No. For details, please check with your state. Remember it is not Ligustrum vulgare, which is pretty invasive just about everywhere. Similar in size is the curved-leaf privet, a variety of Japanese privet called ‘Recurvifolium’. It has overgrown many wild areas and is very difficult to keep clear. They seem to max out around 8’tall by 6’wide . Entdecke (und sammle) deine eigenen Pins bei Pinterest. If you trim it in spring, though, you can remove most or all the flowering stems, so problem solved. Is there a definitive answer as to how old a privet can get. Regular trimming is the best way to reduce or eliminate flowering in any privet. They grow all over in my town in NorCal. Thanks. 2. Some have fallen but we have lots on the tree and would like to see them gone. Ours! The other issue is this – once a plant is established in the wild, what impact does the garden population have on increasing its spread, compared to the acres and acres of it growing wild? Sounds like the perfect orientation for a hedge that will be thick on both sides. My neighbor has the identical setup as Phil’s neighbor. Horrific! I am truly a fan. Id be ok with the trimming(assuming a quick run with a hedge trimmer on all sides) My main concern is it starting to pop up everywhere. They were full and shiny but are dull and dried out now. If you are seriously interested in eating wild plants, or plants not grown for food in your garden, I suggest you visit a local library and learn about edible wild plants. Roadsides, forest edges and fragments, areas of habitation. Native Plant Trust or respective copyright holders. Are any species native to the US? This is a plant that will grow rapidly and crowd out your garden, as well as producing some dull flowers that never the less seed profusely, and have already spread into many north-eastern forests. Will any form of privet be evergreen here? They are a nuisance! Largest selling hedge plant in America! Any advice? I have variegated privet, and I love it (needs to be trimmed). I assume this is a privet hedge, in which case you can cut it almost to the ground – maybe 12 inches – in late winter. Thanks for your help! This is probably the best article I’ve read about privet online; thank you so much!