Privet hedge plants (Ligustrum ovalifolium) have lustrous, dark-green foliage giving this semi-evergreen a place in our Best4hedging top 10. The oval leaves of Ligustrum ovalifolium clip beautifully, to create a dense, neat form that thrives in almost any soil or position. Fast growing, Privet hedges are perfect for quick screening, wind proofing and noise reduction. Although creamy white flowers appear in the summer, they are generally trimmed off. One of the best attributes of Privet hedging is its pollution tolerance, making it a great choice for built up, urban areas.
This average to fast growing shrub is most popular for its easy-to-clip, attractive foliage that makes a wonderful aesthetic addition to a cottage or informal garden, and working equally as well when used for a formal display. The leaves of Privet hedge plants are semi-evergreen, which means that some of the leaves will fall in very cold winters, or if planted in strongly exposed or coastal sites, but generally the foliage lasts very well through the winter. The flowers of Ligustrum ovalifolium, when left untrimmed, provide a pretty feature in July-August and are popular with wildlife. The berries that follow are also a welcome treat for birds.
This evergreen hedging grows well in all, but very wet soils, preferring a position in full sun or partial shade. When planted in these optimum conditions, Privet hedge plants form a strong, compact screen with a number of different uses, including noise reduction, wind proofing and privacy screening. Privet hedges are also ideal for polluted, urban areas. Coastal sites and exposure pose no problem for Privet hedging, though in these situations some foliage may be lost in the winter.
Privet hedging is classically grown alone, as this allows the striking foliage to take centre stage and create an impressive feature in your garden, without the need for companion plants for added impact.
Privet hedge plants have an average to fast growth rate, achieving about 40-60cm a year and the final height of this shrub can be easily maintained between 1-4m, providing a manageable, neat hedge.
We recommend trimming your Privet hedge plants at least twice a year, in May and August, to maintain form and keep your hedges tidy. However, Ligustrum ovalifolium can be trimmed more often, should you require a more formal shape. Please be aware that Privet hedging can defoliate (lose its leaves prematurely) when transplanted. Bare Roots are more likely to defoliate, but it may still occur with Root Balls and Pot Grown plants. Should this happen, rest assured that Privet often recovers well in the spring, and there is no permanent damage. Please see our Hedging Care Advice page for further information.
For information on planting density specific to Privet hedging, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type. You can find more planting density information here.
We have Cell Grown and Pot Grown Privet hedge plants available year-round, with Bare Roots and Root Ball plants available to pre order in mid-summer, and delivered from October/November through to late April/early May.
The vast majority of our Privet hedges are grown by our expert horticultural team. However, occasionally we source Ligustrum ovalifolium plants from Europe, though when this is required, we only ever use carefully selected nurseries that meet our high quality standards. At Best4hedging, we aim to provide quality plants at great low prices, doing everything we can to ensure that your plants reach you in the freshest condition, so that you can buy Privet hedging online in full confidence that you are receiving a top rated service.