Facts about North Privet shrub (Ligustrum x ibolium). The north privet belongs to the ligustrum genus and is sometimes simply referred to as ligustrum shrubs. The north privet is popularly used in forming hedges and so like most other privets it may be referred to as “privet hedge”. The ligustrum genus has several species as well as cultivars besides the north privets. Most privet shrubs are actually named after the zone in which they are grown. Consider the Chinese privets and Japanese privets for example.
North Privet shrub (Ligustrum x ibolium) are very popular in the North and unlike most other places this species is not evergreen all year round. Depending on where they are planted, North Privet shrubs can therefore be deciduous, evergreen or semi green. In the north these shrubs are very green and attractive for only a particular time of the year.
North Privet shrubs can grow to a height of 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12.7 cm) and they can spread to 4 to 8 (10 to 20 cm) inches. The North Privet hedges are majorly grown for their dense foliage that is usually pruned differently forming hedges. They however have flowers during late spring and early summer. Once the flowers die berries succeed them.
Once the North Privet hedges have flowered trim them. Pruning can also be done three to four times during summer. Frequent pruning helps the plant become bushier so if this is what you want; you know what to do.
In terms of sun requirements the North Privet hedges will require partly shady conditions to full sunny conditions. The privets can tolerate a wide soil PH range. The soil should also preferably be slightly wet.
North Privet hedges are not exactly grown for their beauty. They however, grow very fast and they are tolerant to pruning as well as urban pollution. They can therefore be grown anywhere without fear of having them die from pollution.
North Privet hedge fruits are eaten by birds and the larvae of the following Lepidoptera is known to use them as a food plant:
· Copper Underling
· Common Emerald
· Mottled Beauty
· Common Marbled Carpet and
· The Engrailed
North Privet hedges are generally invasive and for this matter some people do not like growing them. Countries like china where the Chinese privets are grown are known to use privet shrubs as healing remedies.