Green Privet Hedging Plants

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, Oval Leaved Privet Hedge

Green Privet Hedging Plants or Ligustrum Ovalifolium (Oval Leaved Privet) are an excellent choice for a formal hedge and they also make super topiary. Green Privet hedge plants have long been favoured as a boundary hedge as they are easy to grow, easy to maintain and very reliable. Green Privet is semi-evergreen so will hold onto its leaves except over hard winters or in coastal areas. Ligustrum Ovalifolium has been the preferred choice for a privet hedge as they tend to hold their leaves more reliably than the wild privet (Ligustrum Vulgare). Green Privet hedging plants are fast growing and tough plants with oval, rich green leaves. Creamy white flowers appear in the summer, though normally only when left unclipped. The flowers are followed by black berries which are enjoyed by the birds in winter. Repeated clipping in summer produces the best hedges and topiary. Privet hedges are tolerant of hard pruning and an overgrown hedge can normally be restored to its former glory. This is best undertaken in early spring cutting back hard to restore shape and keep the privet hedge plants within bounds. 

Privet Plants and Privet Hedge Plants

Privet plants are a group of shrubs and small trees that are often used as hedges. They have become very popular due to their fast growth rate, dense dark green foliage, and the ability to be pruned into a variety of shapes. Some of the most common species used for hedges include Oval leaved privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium) and Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum), Privet can grow up to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide, but can be kept much smaller with regular pruning. Privet hedging plants prefer a well-drained soil and an aspect in full sun to partial shade. However they are versatile plants and will tolerate a variety of soil types and light conditions. It’s worth mentioning that common privet hedging is relatively low-maintenance and requires little watering once established. To maintain good plant health we would always encourage feeding your privet hedge with fertilisers such as ‘Growmore’ in spring and Summer.

The pruning and maintenance of a privet hedge is paramount to keeping the hedge in top health and looking fantastic. Pruning is best carried out in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. The use of sharp hedge trimmers or shears work best and use them to cut back most of the previous year’s growth to create the desired shape and size. If your soil is lacking in nutrients, it would be prudent to apply a well composted mulch of bark chippings or fines to improve the soil and provide some nutrients to the plants. Mulches will also help suppress the weeds which will compete with your hedge for moisture and nutrients. Privet hedges are generally low maintenance and a trim once or twice a year will keep them looking tidy. They don’t require a huge amount of care as they are very robust and resilient plants making them a popular choice for hedging.

Privet hedges offer a number of benefits to your property. A privet hedge can provide good privacy which is one of the most common reasons for planting a hedge of any type.  The dense foliage of a privet hedge provides a natural screen that can block out unwanted views and reduce noise pollution from roads and neighbours.  Privet hedges can also be pruned into a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a versatile addition to any garden or landscape. The dense foliage of privet hedges also provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife, including birds and insects. As with all hedges a privet hedge will also improve localised air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

Green Privet Hedge from Hedging UK

Are you interested in buying green privet hedging?

Hedging UK are specialist growers of quality hedging plants. Hedging is all we grow! We grow and supply a range of sizes of green privet hedging plants. From potted plants to instant hedges, these plants will look great when it comes to creating stunning landscapes in your garden or outdoor area.

Our hedging plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We also grow a range of species from green privet, golden privet and griselinia to other evergreen species such as elaeagnus, yew, holly, and laurel. We also grow native hedge plants like beech and hornbeam. Plants are available as root balls, pot grown plants with fully intact root systems and more mature instant hedging plants.

Our privet hedging plants are carefully grown and nurtured to ensure they will look fantastic when planted on your property. Hedging UK is committed to improving the quality of our plants year on year. We trial different variations of growing techniques to understand what works best for individual species. We believe planting more hedges will help improve the environment whilst also offering many more desirable benefits at the same time.  If you would like more information on any of the Hedging plants that we grow, please contact our knowledgeable staff right away for more details.

Green Privet Hedging Plants 10L Pot 60-80cm

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 60-80cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
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Green Privet Hedging Plants 10L Pot 80-100cm

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 80-100cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
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Green Privet Hedging Plants 10L Pot 100-120cm

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 100-120cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
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Green Privet Instant Hedge 160-180cm

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 160-180cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 1 trough per metre.
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge.
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas.
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 3 troughs for Free Delivery*

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Green Privet Instant Hedge 1m Long (20 Litres)

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

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    • Plants are 70-90cm in height.
    • Recommended Planting Density – 1 per metre.
    • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge.
    • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas.
    • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
    • Buy 4 troughs for Free Delivery*

 

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Green Privet Hedging Plants 10L Pot 140-150cm / 5 foot

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 140-150cm/ (5 Foot) in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 24 Plants for Free Delivery*

£13.00 Excl. VAT

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Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 60-80cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 24 Plants for Free Delivery*

£11.70 Excl. VAT

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Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 80-100cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 20 Plants for Free Delivery*

£13.50 Excl. VAT

More info

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 100-120cm in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 20 Plants for Free Delivery*

£15.30 Excl. VAT

More info

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 160-180cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 1 trough per metre.
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge.
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas.
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 3 troughs for Free Delivery*

£135.00 Excl. VAT

More info

Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

    • Please call us for availability
    • Plants are 70-90cm in height.
    • Recommended Planting Density – 1 per metre.
    • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge.
    • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas.
    • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
    • Buy 4 troughs for Free Delivery*

 

£85.00 Excl. VAT

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Ligustrum Ovalifolium, ‘Oval Leaved Privet’

  • Plants are 140-150cm/ (5 Foot) in height
  • Recommended Planting Density – 3 per metre
  • Easy to grow and can be maintained as a formal hedge
  • Semi evergreen, holds onto its leaves except during harsh Winters in exposed areas
  • Easily maintained with hedge trimmers
  • Buy 24 Plants for Free Delivery*

£13.00 Excl. VAT

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About our privet hedging.

Green Privet are one of the most popular types of hedging plants used in the UK. There are several varieties of privet available but, the most common variety used in the UK is Ligustrum Ovalifolium. Otherwise known as Oval leaved privet. This variety of privet holds it’s leaves much better than the wild privet (Ligustrum Vulgare). Ligustrum Ovalifolium hedging is the variety of privet we grow on the nursery. We grow both the straight green (Ligustrum Ovalifolium) and the Golden Privet (Ligustrum Ovalifolium Aureum) Green and Golden Privet both produce small white flowers in the Summer which turn into black coloured berries in the Winter.

Why Plant Privet as a Hedge?

Privet hedges are fast growing and quick to establish. Green and Golden Privet will form a tall, dense, semi-evergreen hedge relatively quickly, they will grow well in most locations and are easy to maintain.

Are Privet Evergreen Hedging Plants?

The privet hedges that we grow using Ligustrum Ovalifolium (Oval Leaved Privet) are semi evergreen. They will generally hold most of their leaves through the Winter except in exposed locations or during very cold and windy winters. If you live in a sheltered spot with lots of houses or trees around you then there is a good chance the privet plants will hold their leaves through the Winter.

How Quick will a Privet Hedge grow?

Green Privet hedges will grow at around 40-60cm per year on average. On the nursery, we trim the privet hedging plants quite hard in the early stages to thicken them up. This does add to the time it takes for the Privet Hedges to get up to size, but will be worth it in the long run as the hedge will be much fuller and provide a better barrier for wind, noise and privacy.
The speed of growth will also vary depending on things such as how well the ground is prepared prior to planting, whether the planting site has been sufficiently decompacted. Have the privet plants been planted correctly and subsequent aftercare, feeding and watering of the plants.

How Tall will Privet Hedging Grow?

Privet Hedges can grow up to 4 metres high and potentially over this if conditions are favourable and they are left unchecked. Typically, they tend to grow up to around 3 or 4 metres high when maintained as a hedge. However, a privet hedge can be kept much lower than this if required. A privet hedge can be maintained from around one metre upwards.

How far apart should you space Privet hedging plants to form a hedge?

The spacing of plants in a Privet hedge really is dependent on the size of plants that are being planted as well as the time you are prepared to wait for the hedge to grow and also budget restraints. If using our 10 litre potted Privet hedging plants, then we would recommend planting at 3 or 4 plants per metre. We use 4 plants per metre for our Instant Privet hedge grown in 90 litre troughs. This way the plants are just about touching when planted, so giving them space to grow into, but not too much that you are left with big gaps in the hedge. We give a recommendation of the planting density for each plant size on the website. Our recommendations are based on planting at a density that the hedging plants will touch after 1 full growing season. This is only a guideline and please use more plants to reduce this timescale or less plants per metre if you have time to wait.

How do I plant Green Privet hedging?

Most of the Hedging plants that we sell will require the same planting procedures. We give advice on how to plant a hedge here on our website. https://hedginguk.com/hedging-advice/how-to-plant-a-hedge/

When to trim a Privet hedge?

In the UK, we recommend trimming a privet hedge at least once a year. Preferably two if you want a more formal looking hedge. The trimming is best carried out in early Spring and with a second trim in the Summer.

Can you hard prune a privet hedge?

A privet hedge will tolerate hard pruning if the hedge has grown too wide or taller than desired. Hard pruning is best carried out in late Winter before the new growth starts to come through. If undertaking a very hard prune, (back to the main stems) then we would recommend to just do one side of the hedge in one season and the other side of the hedge the following season. This will limit the amount of stress imposed on the plants at any one time whilst also leaving some cover on the remaining side retaining some privacy and protection whilst the hard pruned side recovers.

How to trim or cut a Privet Hedge?

A privet hedge is easily cut or trimmed using hedge trimmers. Hedge trimmers are perfect for the job. On the nursery, when trimming hedges we put sheeting down to collect the privet clippings as they drop whilst trimming. The privet hedge trimming can then easily be transferred to a waste bin or compost site etc.

Feeding a Privet Hedge?

We would recommend at least one annual feed for your Privet hedge. Slow releasing feeds are generally considered best as they provide a steady release of nutrients over a longer period of time. The best time to feed a Privet hedge is in the Spring just as the new leaves come through. On the nursery we would follow this up with a late Spring feed and also at least one in the summer.

What type of soil and conditions will a Privet hedge tolerate?

Green Privet hedges will grow just about anywhere, making them very popular. Privet hedges will grow in most soils with the exception of waterlogged or very wet sites. Privet hedges will grow in the shade and will also tolerate poor soils and dry and sandy sites.

Are Privet Hedges easy to maintain?

Privet hedges are relatively easy to maintain. As discussed above it is much quicker to clear up all the cuttings from your privet hedge if sheeting is put down prior to trimming to catch the cuttings. This is the process we use on the nursery and we may trim our privet hedges up to 3 times a year. Other than trimming its really only an annual feed and ideally a mulch to help retain some moisture and nutrients in our increasingly drier Summers.

A Privet Hedge In Winter? Will it give me privacy?

If you live in a sheltered location with other properties around you and you aren’t exposed to very cold temperatures in the Winter normally. Then a privet hedge is most likely to retain its foliage through the Winter. If you are very exposed and can be subjected to very cold temperatures and strong winds then a privet hedge is more likely to defoliate through the Winter.

Do you grow Instant Privet Hedges?

We grow Instant Privet hedges here on the nursery in 90 Litre troughs. They are usually available from 5 foot to 6 foot and above. Our Privet instant hedges have 4 plants per every metre of hedge. The root systems of the 4 plants are all joined together so they are planted as 1 metre of hedge all knitted together.

What Privet hedging plants do you have for sale?

We grow a range of sizes of green privet hedging plants for sale here on the nursery. We grow potted green privet hedging plants, mainly in 10 litre pots, then we also grow and sell rootballed privet hedging in the Autumn, through to Late Winter/ Early Spring. For more immediate impact, we also grow our Instant Privet Hedges in 90 Litre troughs. The instant hedges come in 1 metre lengths but do require 2 strong people to lift them.

Do you grow your own Privet hedging Plants?

All the Privet hedging plants that we sell are grown outside here on our nursery in Holmeswood, Lancashire producing robust plants that are quick to establish.

Are Privet Hedging plants poisonous?

The privet plants that we sell for hedging such as Ligustrum Ovalifolium can be toxic to Humans, Livestock and animals if injested. If the hedge to be planted is in the vicinity of livestock, pets or very small children where there is a chance that the foliage or berries of the hedge could be eaten by mistake, then we would suggest planting an alternative species of hedging such as Elaeagnus Ebbingei, Griselinia Littoralis or Photinia Red robin which have no toxic effects reported.

Growing Advice

  • Privet Hedge Planting Distances – Single row. 3 -5 plants per metre
  • Semi-evergreen Shrub – Loses some leaves over very cold winters especially in coastal areas
  • Features: Rich Green leaves, Easy to maintain, Almost Bomb proof
  • Likes: Full sun or partial shade
  • Suitable for Hedges: 1 – 5 metres
  • Soil Preference: Any soil (except waterlogged)
  • Unsuitable for: Very wet soils
  • Average Growth rate: Medium / Fast 30 – 60cm per annum
  • Trimming: Spring through to Autumn
  • The leaves and berries can be harmful if eaten. (Not suitable for properties with horses)

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