Ligustrum vulgare

Ligustrum vulgare

Wild privet

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Ligustrum vulgare
  • Common name: Wild privet
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 4m

Spread: 4m

  • Features: Attractive to wildlife

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Wild privet, Ligustrum vulgare, is native to the UK and Europe and is often included in mixed native hedge mixes to provide evergreen cover in winter. It bears small white flowers in summer, followed by dark purple/black berries. It's a popular roosting and nesting habitat for birds and its flowers and berries are well used by local wildlife. It's the main caterpillar foodplant of the privet hawk-moth, Sphinx ligustri.

For best results grow Ligustrum vulgare in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Prune back annually to maintain a good shape.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested, Purgative if ingested

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