Privet | Ligustrum

Most Ligustrum species (members of the Oleaceae family) are native to east Asia and eastern India. The only species native to Europe is the common privet (Ligustrum vulgare). L. lucidum is an evergreen privet that is a popular container plant because of its large shiny leaves. The leaves may be dark green or yellow depending on the variety. The small white, fragrant flowers are borne in late summer in large conical clusters. L. indicum flowers in late spring. The flowers are followed by black berries that are mildly poisonous. Privet will grow both in sunny and partially shaded positions.

In summer, plants need plenty of water and nutrients. L. lucidum is grown as a tree while the other varieties are often clipped into a particular shape or hedge. This is why they are regularly pruned during the growing season. That is also the best time to take cuttings, which will root very easily. In winter, move the plant to a bright place with a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F). If placed in a dark room, privet will lose its leaves.

15. September 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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