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Common Privet

Ligustrum vulgare

Also known as

Wild Privet, Prim, Prim-Cut, European Privet, Privet, Privet-Hedge

Ligustrum vulgare (7261455316) by Radio Tonreg (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some black Ligustrum vulgare berry fruits
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Common Privet Overview

Also known as the common European privet, wild privet and common privet, this species is a deciduous shrub with a bushy growth habit. Grown for their lance-shaped foliage and small, unpleasantly scented, white flowers. These lead onto black berry fruits. They are good for a shrub border or as specimen plants and all make good hedging.

Common problems with Common Privet

Susceptible to aphids, leaf spot, scale insects, leaf-mining moths, thrips, honey fungus, wilt.

How to harvest Common Privet

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Common Privet


Sow seed in spring or autumn and keep moist.


Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Common Privet

Attracts birds

Birds feed on the fruit.

Hedge plant

Make good hedges, reacts well to clipping to form formal hedges.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees.

Other uses of Common Privet

Fragrance, foliage, ornamental, banks, hedging.


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