Privet / Ligustrum vulgare Atrovirens is a proven and popular wood for hedges, which is in Europe our native species. For its ability to grow wider, its thick stems and great longevity, it is one of the best options for hedge. In June are blooming creamy white fragrant flowers growing later in mature small black berries, which are toxic. The leaves are deciduous or semideciduous. The shrub tolerates frost, grows well in dry or slightly damp sunny or half shady places, on windward side and tolerates an urban environment (but in terms of salinity its toleration is not as durable as it is often assumed). In warmer areas can be used yeallow-foliage variety that all the vegetation season through illuminates beautifully the garden. The most common use for hedge heights of 1 – 3 m.
Height / Width: 2 – 5 (7) m
Annual growth: 25 cm in height, 20 cm in width
Illumination requirements: sunny or partly shady site
Moisture requirements: Privet tolerates dry or semihumid environment, in short term a little more waterlogged soil, too
Soil conditions: very adaptable, prefers calcareous soils
Maintenance: medial and lateral shoots should be trimmed in the first two years by half, if plants have not reached the desired height, should be trimmed lateral shoots only. Later on we make a cut once a year only (in the end of June.) The first two annual cuts should be completed by an additional shaping cut at the end of February