Wild Privet Ligustrum Vulgare

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Product description



Wild privet is a deciduous or more or less evergreen native shrub which will grow to about 3m (10ft) unsupported.  It is an important component of countryside hedgerows and will scramble through Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Field maple quite happily as it will cope with heavy shade.

Where to grow

Due to its ability to layer itself (roots develop when the stems touch the ground) it tends to grow in big tangled patches in dark corners and under the drip of trees at woodland edges.

It has pungent white flowers in June and July which produce bunches of shiny black berries in the autumn which are taken by birds.

Did you know?

Wild privet (along with Ash) is one of the two native members of the Olive family


Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
0-5 meters
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Soil type
Light sandy
Sun levels
All Sun levels
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Autumn colour
Small leaves
Flower colour
Flowering month
Scented Flowers
Berries/fruit colour
Flowering Hedge
Native Hedge
Berrying Hedge
Good at altitude
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Encourages wildlife
Bird Food
Bee Friendly


For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Tony on 17/02/2014

What do you mean by ‘deciduous or more or less evergreen’?  Is it neither one thing nor the other or are there two varieties?

Thank you

By Simon on 18/02/2014

Hello Tony,

What we mean by that is that is very dependent on situation and weather conditions. In a mild winter like we are having now it will keep quite a lot of leaf. If we had a very cold winter or it was in a very exposed site it could lose all of its leaves.

I hope this helps,


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