Oval leaf privet

Ligustrum ovalifolium

Oval leaf privet - Ligustrum ovalifolium

Common Name: Oval leaf privet
Genus: Ligustrum
Species: ovalifolium

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes a good hedge, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 3.00 m (300 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


  • To find out more about how to plant a hedge click here

    This vigorous oval leaf privet makes a crisp pollution-tolerant hedge for an urban or surburban site. The small, oval bright green leaves provide dense cover and clusters of white flowers appear in July and August followed by shiny spherical black fruit. Thriving in sun or shade, the lustrous dark green foliage provides a backdrop for ornamental and feature plants. If grown as a hedge and kept pruned, it is unlikely to flower.

  • Garden care: Plants grown as free-standing specimens require minimal pruning - where necessary, remove any misplaced or diseased branches in late-winter or early spring. Trim hedging plants twice yearly - in May and August. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.