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California Privet

Ligustrum ovalifolium

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California Privet

Ligustrum ovalifolium

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Summer Color

Botanical Name

Ligustrum ovalifolium

Outdoor Growing zone

5-8

Mature Height

10-15

Mature Width

10-15

Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun

There is always a need for a tough plant for those tough spots that are found in most gardens. Underneath large, established trees; in a hot, dry area; where you need evergreen screening in a hurry; or where you want an easy, low-maintenance plant in a harsh urban situation. California Privet is the answer to all these problems, and more. This tree, with its smooth, glossy evergreen leaves and scented white flowers, is one of the toughest and fastest-growing small trees around. It will grow at least 3 feet a year and soon reach its maximum height of around 15 feet – ideal for screening the lower windows of an apartment building or reducing noise and dust from a busy road. It can be allowed to grow naturally, or it can be trimmed whenever and however you choose, to keep it even denser and control the height. With regular trimming it soon becomes an attractive evergreen hedge worthy of a place in any garden.

  • Tough, fast-growing and reliable screening tree
  • Thrives even in the harshest conditions
  • White flowers and black berries attract butterflies and birds
  • Easily clipped to any size – no skill required
  • Excellent screening plant in urban conditions

Plant the California Privet in almost any location – it will thrive in spots other trees just cannot cope with. It will grow in any kind of soil except ones that are constantly wet, and in any light, from full sun to the shade underneath large trees. It has no pests or diseases and once established it is very resistant even to harsh drought conditions. This truly is one of the toughest small trees you can plant, yet with its white flowers and black berries it is also an attractive tree with something interesting to look at all year round.

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