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Privet Amur

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Amur Privet (Ligustrum amurense) at Maidstone Tree Farm

Amur Privet foliage 

Ligustrum amurense


Height:  12 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A common and popular shrub for use in trimmed hedges, takes pruning exceptionally well; interesting flowers (if not pruned) followed by black berries in fall; easy to grow, handles polluted city conditions well, one of the hardiest species

Ornamental Features

Amur Privet has panicles of lightly-scented creamy white flowers hanging below the branches from late spring to early summer. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Amur Privet is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Amur Privet is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Amur Privet will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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