Common Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Common Privet
Ligustrum vulgare

Common Privet leaves and flowers
Common Privet leaves and flowers
 
Features
Creamy white flowers with an unpleasant scent in late spring. 
 
Culture
Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soils are best; tolerates alkaline soils. 
 
Cultivars
  • 'Cheyenne' - more cold hardy, can be sheared heavily.
  • 'Lodense' - compact form (under 5 feet).
 
 
Mature Height
12-15 Feet
 
Size
Large
 
 
Mature Width
10-12 Feet
 
Mature Form
Oval to rounded 
 
Native To:
Europe and North Africa 
 
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 7 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
 
Tolerance
Alkaline Soil
Wind
 
 
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
 
Uses
Border
Hedge
Screen
 
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
 
Fall Foliage Color
Green
 
 
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Insect Relative Damage


Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

A number of problems are common, most of which are not serious. These include leaf spots, powdery mildew, aphids, leaf miners, scale, mealybugs and mites. Anthracnose twig blight can be a serious problem on this species.
 
Additional Notes

 

 
Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic