Do you think my privet is the invasive kind or a different variety? I live in zone 6a so none of the Privet is evergreen here. Not disagreeing with you in principle – and thanks for all your hard work in clearing land – but these issues are more nuanced than you are suggesting. We have a privet tree that is about 15 years old and is about 20 ft tall. What about using red cedar, Juniperus virginiana? That would be perfect for my privacy into the next yard as my neighbors yard is at a 3-4 higher grade than mine. The foliage is very different (simple leaves versus divided ones in elderflower), and the first rule of foraging is to be 100% sure of your plants. Far too often plants are put in places that are too small for them. !!! I am in El Paso, Texas where various types of privet (I have 6 different varieties) do quite well. Well it certainly grows there, but perhaps too well – it is already established as an invasive plant there. It does get clusters of berries once or twice a year. It is about 10 feet tall, has white flowers in June which smell very nice, the flowers attract bees and butterflies. We are covering about 20 feet and cost is a bit of a concern. Are you sure Round-up isn’t working – the new plants could be from seed. The flowers are produced in mid-summer in panicles 3–6 cm long, each flower creamy-white, with a tubular base and a four-lobed corolla('petals') 4–6 mm diameter. Then they need constant trimming, cannot develop their mature attractive forms, and become a nuisance in the garden, ending up being removed after a few years. Since the privet plants produce hundreds of seeds, it is the simplest way to start new plants from existing plants. What a great, helpful article! C’est la vie…let them be! Aurora IL Area, Schaefer Greenhouses Trees and Shrubs Broadleaf Evergreen, Evergreen, Flowering Shrubs, Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees, Small Fruit Trees and Vines. purple berries. Thanks for any info.! Zone 7a. We have the wax leaf in our front yard and it is beautiful and serves that area very well. This is an interesting one! Let’s hope so – but these are tough plants that take some killing. The Lodense Privet is a form of common privet – Ligustrum vulgare. Any reason why? They are pretty tough and easy to move around. I’m looking for a screen hedge other than the overused laurel and thuja we have here. It flowers in late spring and has an odor that is offensive to many people. adroll_current_page = "other"; I spoke to an arborist about these privets like yours that are all over Northern California (I have one in my backyard, and my neighbor has one in his front yard. . Thanks Dave. Some have fallen but we have lots on the tree and would like to see them gone. A high-school biology teacher in the group mistook water dropwort hemlock for wild parsley (they are indeed very similar looking). As far as I know there has been no work on producing varieties that don’t set seed, which would be a good thing for some plant breeder to take on. It does get clusters of berries once or twice a year. I suspect you won’t like it much. This product feature natural green hued berries that vary depending on seasonal climates. Winding Creek Nursery & Garden Center 8241 Millbrook Road P. O. Will the Amur privet or Japanese privet suffice? Did you plant them as a screen? Tiny seedlings sprout up everywhere, including on my lawn. PLEASE do not plant ANY species of privet, and when removing it, be thorough in either removing the root or spraying it with herbicide to ensure that it will not return. Be aware that Golden Privet often sends up a lot of green stems, so you could end up with a green and gold hedge, although you can trim them out. Other than pulling out the thousands of tiny seedlings, it is very difficult to get rid of. I would say its salt damage from the flooding. I am truly a fan. Unfortunately proper identification of privet needs someone with botanical knowledge, and actual specimens in both flower and fruit. I found a bunch wild Privet flower on my bike trail in Germany. My question is, how long will a privet hedge live? I plan on buying some more and planting them this year. These berries can be messy but they are contained in the area I planted it and the birds love them. Horrific! The only way to stop berries would be to stop flowering, which means regular trimming. The Texanum does drop a few leaves and flowers, but I’ve yet to have another one grow nearby from seedlings. All rights reserved The Tree Center 2020. Every spring thousands of tiny, smelly, white/yellow flowers. The seeds inside a yew berry are poisonous, rather than the fruit itself, and are … Do you have any suggestions on pruning? The flowers have to be cleared off my walkways every single morning. It is intolerant of wet soil. We must just know who to invite over and who to have the bouncer throw out. good point. It has young golden leaves, turning light green as they mature. I am considering doing a rejuvenation pruning because the shrubs were never properly pruned and are quite leggy at the base. Also wondering what time.e of year is it that they bloom? Waxleaf is certainly invasive in some parts of the country, although it seems to be common privet that is a problem in NJ at this time. Can I cut them out without killing the privet. I think it will probably stay mostly evergreen for you. It has RUINED the landscape in the Southeastern U.S. Well, I can say that they could be privet, but they could be a lot of other things too. Thank you. Thanks. May 11, 2019. Used to be in a large pot, then 2 years ago I planted it in a garden next to our front porch. So Im not sure if these privets even if they do seed and disperse will they even put a dent in the seeds that come from the forest? Japanese Privet is a large evergreen shrub or small tree that grows rapidly up to 3' in the sun to partial shade. Tut, tut! You need some botanical training, and examples, to be able to do it with reasonable accuracy. Privet is reported as triggering hay fever in some people, but if you trim regularly it will flower very little, if at all. I strongly dislike mine, and as soon as I can, I’m having it removed. These birds spread the seeds to new areas. Out of curiosity I nibbled the top of a two leaf seedling and thought it was OK. My privet, whatever it was, did not stink and I did not mind the new seedlings as it added to the privacy screen between us and our neighbor. No. They were exposed to bay water tidal flooding for several days. Unfortunately dead-heading won’t cause re-blooming to any degree, but you might want to deadhead to reduce seed production. is a woody shrub or small tree within the olive family (Oleaceae) that has aggressively colonized open areas within the US, and were widely planted in Davis in the 1960's and 70's, much to the detestation of many current residents who have the unfortunate luck of stepping on their berries while barefoot. Nothing else would grow back there—but privets do really well anywhere and they keep my yard from crumbling down into the neighbor’s. There are plenty of very toxic things that smell and taste good. Privet fruit are small, oblong-shaped berries that are dark blue or black. I planted 4 privet ovolufulium (California privet I believe) 8 feet apart. Put some compost or rotted manure over the roots, water well, and I bet it will come back like you wouldn’t believe! Thank you for this article. We bought an old farmhouse in Connecticut in 2015. . Our vet informed us that privet can cause a variety of problems if ingested by dogs. It has lustrous, dark green foliage and is frequently planted around buildings and pruned to a "giant meatball" shape. The showy white flower clusters are attractive, however, the odor may be objectionable. They grow all over in my town in NorCal. I have never forgotten that story. Obviously invasive privets. Why do local nurseries offer such invasive plants?! I can’t find any info on Korean privet though It says Ligustrum (not Vulgare) on the tag also. It has taken over the yard next door, though was never planted there. I also have deer and concerned that they will be eaten. Given the price of these little gems I am reluctant . It is messy and parking the car under it is not wise. Clusters of fleshy, black berries remain on the trees into the late fall … Also sometimes called Chinese privet, but better called glossy privet, Ligustrum lucidum does indeed have attractive glossy foliage, but in areas like Texas it too is invasive. Very minimal flowering- thinking because I trim. How about care between now and then? However for a quick growing screen-I’m in the center city and our yards are small-it is reliable and manageable. My best suggestion is to take a piece in bloom to a local garden center and ask them – they will usually know plants grown locally. The fragrant blossoms are considered by many to have an unpleasant aroma. . Reading these comments has made me nervous about our recent choice to plant Lodense privets along our west fence as a hedge in Colorado. It is not going to be hardy with you. Read our Commitment to Diversity | Read our Privacy Statement. That sort of thing is always interesting. White flowers appear from June, and black berries ripen in autumn. The truth is that many privets are well-mannered garden subjects, flowering prettily, making great background plants, offering us trouble-free leaf-colors and generally getting on well with everyone else in the garden. . I loved my privet shrubs and now that they’re gone I miss them. but you will save many hours of trimming and leave an attractive legacy of plants that can live 1,000 years in their native habitat. Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, weakness, Gastrointestinal upset (most common), incoordination, increased heart rate, death (rare), low blood pressure, cold and clammy skin possibly lasting 48 to 72 hours, Glycosides: syringin (ligustrin), a glycoside; shikimic acid (lowest toxic dose 4,000mg); and others, Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States, NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Leaves are opposite, evergreen, entire, and coriaceous, 4-5 pairs of lateral veins are raised under leaves, Twigs are profusely dotted with large gray lenticels. It appears to be evergreen and we get down to 10 below. Thanks! Her reaction was, “CUT IT DOWN”. A tree guy was hired by neighbors to cut down a diseased tree close to our property line. Chokeberries are next on the list. I don’t know if your elderflower syrup is edible or not, but I certainly wouldn’t make myself the test subject to find out. it is not waxy leaved. Doesn’t mind the direct sun. Privet fruit is from the ligustrum lucidum plant, a traditional Chinese herb known by the name of Nu Zhen Zi. We are in northern Ohio, 6a. I’m looking for a tall, narrow plant to put in front of an ugly meter on the outside of my house but am having a hard time finding one that ships. Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare, is native to Europe and was the first plant to be called by this name as far back as the Roman naturalist and philosopher, Pliny the Elder. Fruits are flat, berry-like drupes that are 0.2" long and blue-black in color. Privet is sweet and floral, and definitely like honey, which is why the bees like it so much. I’m only familiar with boxwoods but I know none that get 6-7 feet tall. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor. I wonder though, have you considered Pittosporum tobira? The forests will thank you to avoid privet at all costs. The little black berries are toxic to mammals (acting as a laxative), but are not toxic to fowl and other local wild birds. Who is supposed to pull those all up? . My garden center has this and the vulgare. The reality is where I live, there are so many seedlings that pop up everywhere especialy holly seedlings. Pollen everywhere which causes sinus infections. Thank you for such an insight about the plant. N.C. This is very helpful. But like the five-year-old who gets on a no-fly list because he shares a first name with a wanted terrorist, all privets don’t deserve this reputation, which springs from a few black-sheep who have sullied the reputation of the whole family. the Waxleaf Privet, will this exact variety self seed by birds or wind? Haven’t had any die of freezing or high temps and also do well in part shade. I planted 2 many years ago in opposite corners of my fenced yard and have let them grow naturally. And, if so what spacing on that? If you can trim them, do that. The final way to make privet beautiful is to allow enough room for it to fully develop. Can you recommed a sented privet in zones 8 or 9 that would succeed in a patio container? If not, I would think that when hot dry weather arrives they will be fine. Equally useful and relatively compact is the California privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) which even if left untrimmed will never exceed 15 feet in height and more often stay around 10 feet tall. I’m in Louisiana. . The hedge/shrub was planted by my Gramps back in the 40’s. So yes, it’s a recommended shrub for deer resistance, but no guarantees! or even as an unclipped flowering shrub in a small garden. . Ruellia is very invasive in zones 9 and 10, but it sounds like it is just as bad in zone 8! What about using Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)? Don’t mix sizes, the smaller ones won’t grow well. How can I tell the difference between a Japanese privet, a white lilac bush or a Hawaiian Mockorange; or whatever it is. As mentioned, it is replacing an existing hedge. Will pruning the flowing or subsequent berries slow down the hedge’s growth? . Elderberries. I’m not sure which type Privet I have but they sure can make you feel miserable. Usually bloom in early to mid summer, but it can depend on trimming, since trimmed plants will bloom later, or not at all. It’s great because it shields the house from the road, which at the time the house was built was a dirt country lane, but has now become a busy state road. Now the blooms are dying but it appears the fullness of the leaves on the bush has diminished significantly. Berries will shed, it is completely normal for up to 20% of the berries to fall off over time. Granted the flowers are a little hard on my allergies, so I never plant too close to my entry or window. It is a semi-evergreen or deciduous shrub, growing to 3 m (rarely up to 5 m) tall. Thanks so much this helpful information. I am afraid we don’t have facility to upload pictures, and anyway, telling them apart is tricky, and needs fresh material, including flowers and seeds. Again from many online sources I have read that even the waxleaf privet although not as invasive as others can still potentially invade natural forest habitats. A very different beast from boxwood, needing lots of trimming, because they grow so fast. Reading some of these comments has me a little nervous. A quick google says it could grow up to 33 feet? Green all year. I’ve see , looking around that people suggest on the internet that maybe peoples long lived hedges are Boxwood, but I know what Boxwood looks and smells like, and this is not that. I noticed they flowered in the spring and in the fall this year, the bees and butterflies love them. Add to this literally thousands of seedlings all over my property. By any chance that the flower is also toxic? Privet will burn, but not as much as, for example, eucalyptus. I have some wax leaf Ligustrums in our back yard & after the flowers turned brown most of the branches that had the blooms died as well. This plant is not especially cold-hardy, but it thrives in the warmth and humidity of the south-east, again seeding and spreading into natural forests and crowding out native species. Where does “Korean Privet “ fit into this? Thoughts? The compound leaves are dark green and composed of five to 13 leaflets. I’ve been planting and growing the Texanum variety for about 15 years and have not had this problem in the Northwest. Ligustrum sinense Chinese privet is a much shorter tree. Trimmed hedges do regenerate, especially something tough like Privet, even from the roots, so the parts you see today are not the ones in the 1934 picture – like those ancient Japanese temples that have been repaired so much that non of the original timbers remain – is it the same temple/hedge therefore? Hundreds have stopped for a feast on their way to the Monterrey peninsula in a fifty foot hedge in my yard in the San Fernando Valley. Initially we were thinking on planting Golden Privets but have read that they can flare up allergies for folks. I understand the best time to do a rejuvenation pruning is late winter/early Spring. Wax leaf not fond of too much water. (The berries are … Now let’s see who to cross off the invitation list. I showed them the pictures and was told that the tree is a Privet Tree. Care must be taken in the location of this multitrunked tree since the profuse berry production can create a litter problem on hard surfaces. Regular trimming of a hedge turns it into an outstanding garden feature, and if the variegated Japanese privet is used, you have a hedge that sparkles with color all year round. You mention planting east to west, so which side of the fence will the privet be? Japanese privet is weedy in disturbed areas around buildings and has escaped and naturalized in moist areas. P.S. adroll_pix_id = "T5DEBSDHVFG4FA3KSLHHKJ"; Landscape Use: Glossy privet makes a fine lawn tree and is excellent as a tall screen or windbreak. I was told that it has the longest lasting leaves. The birds do NOT eat them and they have been there since late fall. I saw online in a Proven Winners posting a picture of Ligustrum-Golden Ticket. Perforated drain tile is easily invaded by roots, so the answer is probably ‘yes’. 4.7/5 A big problem if one starts growing next to your house or concrete work, the roots will undermine them. Did it even when tenants were out. I would not eat them. Smells heavenly! But am at a loss as to what else I could use. It is feasting on Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense, berries. I will check out the suggested alternative. I have a screen of privets along my back fence. We have 4 trellised privet growing against our back fence. But it depends where you live – some species are not invasive at all in some areas, and pose only a very low threat in others. Maybe thats a better solution for my specific scenario. The variegated from of Chinese privet is much tamer, and has attractive leaves edged in white. I have 2 taking over my fence line. A privet is a flowering plant in the genus Ligustrum. I planted a privet in a 10 by 14 ft area. If you live in an area prone to fire you should have no large trees within 50 feet of your property, or 100 foot if the land slopes upwards away from the property. It has grown into a very low maintenance beautiful small tree. Are any species native to the US? You will still be left with all the dead twigs though. It does very much resemble a Japanese lilac tree. There are, after all, 50 species, and only two or three are invasive anywhere. Some species have become widely naturalized or invasive where introduced. Once or twice in a winter we might get a cold snap close to zero, but otherwise 20’s and 30’s are more the norm. Hardiness. It led me to your page. But if you are trimming regularly, flowering will be scarce – trim in spring and you won’t see much, if any, at all. Id be ok with the trimming(assuming a quick run with a hedge trimmer on all sides) My main concern is it starting to pop up everywhere. I live in Houston. Being that tall I’m thinking they were Japanese privets. Not sure about the invasive potential of Japanese Ligustrum in Tennessee, but I suggest you check. As of today when I trimmed it, it is 5′ 6″ tall and about 3′ wide on average. I see your and other comments describe the flower scent as “honey-like” as in “sweet” – I’m sensitive to sickeningly sweet scents (like Russian olive) and pollen. I want the hedge to be as impenetrable as possible. Yikes. After reaching desired height, how often does it need trimming to remain in shape? 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