Ligustrum vulgare (Common Privet)

Common Privet


Bareroot from November to April

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 1+1 0.95 0.61 0.55 0.52 0.47
1+1 1.20 0.78 0.69 0.66 0.60
80-100cm 1+1 1.45 0.94 0.84 0.80 0.73

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Minimum order values
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A semi-evergreen (evergreen in all but the harshest winters) large shrub which makes just as good a hedge as the more familiar Oval-leaved Privet. With narrower, pointed dark green leaves and larger panicles of flowers, it is an excellent, but often overlooked wildlife plant. Fast growing, if it is clipped regularly it will make a good dense hedge, but will not flower or fruit.

Site and soil

Wild Privet will grow in most soils, except very wet conditions, and does especially well on chalk. It is wind and shade tolerant and does well on coastal sites.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 3m x 3m
After 20 years: 3m x 3m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are oval to lance-shaped and a glossy dark green; evergreen. The bark is grey-brown, spotted with numerous lenticels.

Flower, seed and fruit

The creamy-white tubular flowers are carried in panicles 3-6cm long in July; they have a sweetish, musky scent. They are followed by clusters of glossy black fruits, each containing 1-4 seeds. The berries are poisonous to humans, but are relished by birds.


Hedges, mixed wildlife hedging, screening, woodland, game cover. The berried stems are valued for flower arranging, particularly as a contrast to the Spindleberry which fruits at the same time.


Common Privet has good wildlife value. Its dense habit provides an ideal nesting site for several species of birds. The flowers attract bees and other insects, and thrushes, blackbirds and waxwings eat the berries. Moths, including the Privet Hawk moth and the Lilac Beauty Moth feed on the shrub.


Formal hedges should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. For wildlife, Common Privet can be cut back to ground level every few years if necessary in spring to improve flowering and fruiting.