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Ligustrum vulgare (Wild privet)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ligustrum vulgare

Other names

Wild privet, Common privet, Prim, Prim-cut

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Species

L. vulgare - L. vulgare is a bushy, deciduous shrub with small, mid-green leaves. In summer, it bears small panicles of white flowers, followed by small, black, shiny berries in autumn.


Ligustrum vulgare is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Some may find the smell of the flowers unpleasant

Habit

Bushy, Dense

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Hedge pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Stop pruning in late summer avoid frost damage on new growth.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ligustrum vulgare (Wild privet) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Drought Tolerant, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained or well-drained in sun or partial shade. Suitable for use as a hedge. Classified as an invasive species in some non-native countries.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ligustrum vulgare

Other names

Wild privet, Common privet, Prim, Prim-cut

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Species

L. vulgare - L. vulgare is a bushy, deciduous shrub with small, mid-green leaves. In summer, it bears small panicles of white flowers, followed by small, black, shiny berries in autumn.

Native to

Europe, Northern Africa, Southwestern Asia

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Some may find the smell of the flowers unpleasant

Habit

Bushy, Dense

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Hedge pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Stop pruning in late summer avoid frost damage on new growth.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ligustrum vulgare (Wild privet) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Drought Tolerant, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained or well-drained in sun or partial shade. Suitable for use as a hedge. Classified as an invasive species in some non-native countries.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ligustrum vulgare (Wild privet)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Ligustrum vulgare (Wild privet)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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