Ligustrum shrubs, most commonly known as privet shrubs or hedges, can be trimmed at any time of the year, according to SFGate Home Guides. Pruning is used to size and shape the shrubbery, encourage new growth, thin the shrubbery's interior and remove dead or diseased foliage.Continue Reading
There is a wide variety of ligustrum species and cultivars, some of which can be used as small trees in the landscape. Although ligustrum is most often grown as shrubs or hedges, privet trees are also popular because they grow quickly, meaning they require proper pruning. Privet tree cultivars can be deciduous, evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Clemson Cooperative Extension states that Japanese privet trees have a rapid growth rate and reach a mature height of about 10 feet. The trees can be pruned throughout the year. Semi-evergreen options include the California privet, which reaches a mature height of about 15 feet, and requires consistent pruning at warm, humid sites. Since ligustrum trees have such a rapid rate of growth, and because they produce abundant foliage, they need to be consistently trimmed to result in a healthy, strong privet tree. Privet trees can also be heavily pruned, if desired, to create a desired profile and shape.Learn more about Outdoor Plants & Flowers
Arborvitae, privet, and rose of Sharon are commonly used for privacy hedges. These shrubs are relatively fast growing, and all respond well to pruning. Arborvitae can range from 10 to 60 feet tall, depending on the variety, but can generally be pruned shorter.Full Answer >
Thuja, boxwood and privet are trees and shrubs that provide effective and attractive privacy hedges. All of these plants grow quickly, reducing the time from planting to having a full privacy hedge. While all of these varieties are fast growers, they also do not grow so large that they become a problem and necessitate expensive professional pruning. Most of these plants grow more than 20 feet tall, and all are easy to manage for any home gardener.Full Answer >
Japanese privet is a dense evergreen shrub that reaches 8 to 12 feet in height. Small, white flowers with an unpleasant smell are produced in spring and summer, followed by dark berries.Full Answer >
Good plants for privacy include privet, boxwood and arbor vitae. Other suitable plants are barberry, hornbeam, cotoneaster, escallonia, spindle, veronica, holly, honeysuckle, cinquefoil, cherry laurel, firethorn, tallhedge and lilac. Some coniferous plants make good privacy screens, including false cypress, cypress and yew. These plants make dense hedges and can grow quickly, reaching heights of around 6 feet.Full Answer >