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What Is a California Privet ?

California privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is a small evergreen species native to China and Korea. These fast-growing shrubs are hardy to zones 7-11 and may be either shrub or multi-stemmed types depending on their growing conditions. Grow California privet as a single-stemmed or multi-stemmed shrub for an attractive border or screening hedge.

How Do You Take Care Of California Privet?

Water your plant regularly, but only a little. The soil should always be moist except when it is left alone in winter.

How Much Sunlight Can A California Privet Take?

The California privet prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It does not tolerate drought conditions well and needs regular watering during dry periods.


Do California Privet Back Up Every Year?

California privet plants do not back up yearly, but they bloom every year from June through August, depending on climate conditions.

What Does A California Privet Look Like?

The California privet has dark green leaves with serrated edges and small white flowers blooming from June through August in clusters at the end of each branch.

Where Does the California Privet Grow?

California privet (also known as California lilac) are deciduous shrubs native to the United States. These shrubs grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9.

What Are The Environments In Which California Privet Trees Grow In?

California privet grows best in well-drained soil that has been amended with organic matter. This tree prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade.

Are California Privet Toxic?

California privet is not toxic to humans or animals if ingested. However, some people may react to its pollen which may cause itching eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.

How Do You Grow A California Privet?

The California Privet requires well-drained soil slightly acidic with a 6.5 to 7.5 PH. The tree prefers moist, humusy soil with plenty of organic matter added to it before planting time.

How Do You Care For California Privet?

Fertilize your tree monthly during the spring and summer months using a balanced fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK).

How Did California Privet Get Their Name?

The California privet gets its name from the state where it was first discovered: California.

California Privet 2-3' - TN Nursery

California Privet 2-3'

California Privet a popular evergreen shrub frequently used in landscaping due to its numerous benefits and aesthetic appeal. When incorporated into gardens and outdoor spaces, it brings forth its unique attributes, contributing to the overall beauty and functionality of the landscape. The Tall and Stately California Privet It grows exceptionally fast. Within a matter of weeks every spring, it'll grow into trees that are roughly 15 feet in height and just as wide, making it quite effective as a wind barrier and privacy hedge. It's an attractive tree that sports many white blossoms that contrast nicely with the green leaves and reddish-green petioles. The underside of the leaves turns from forest green to greenish-yellow, creating attractive flashes of color throughout the hedgerow. The Flowers Of California Privet During the early spring, hedges of this type sprout white, strong-smelling blooms. The blooms have an earthy, bucolic smell that fits right in when it comes to country gardens. The flowers themselves can grow to more than 4 inches in diameter. The hedge also produces smooth berries that are nearly black in color, offering a pleasing contrast to the green oval leaves, greenish-red petioles, and white flowers. Create a Garden Wall With California Privet These hedges grow together to form a veritable wall, the thick branches and stems intertwining beneath the lovely oval leaves. The hedge can also be cut into various shapes in the garden to create eye-catching sculptures to accent various patches of colorful flowers. It's quite a hardy plant, too, so it will retain its good looks in almost any climate or weather. There are variants of this hedge, too, and they provide pleasing looks through two-toned leaves and flowers of different shades of white. Most often, the secondary leaf color is yellow, while certain of these hedges have berries that are greyish-white rather than black. Ecological Importance Of California Privet Pollinating insects, such as bees and many species of butterflies, visit the flowers all spring. The butterflies provide more color to the mien of any of these hedges. The leaves are important in the life cycle of certain butterfly species, too, because the shade they provide is helpful for the caterpillar form of these species. All in all, these hedges are an attractive and effective member of any garden either as a barrier or after being decoratively sculpted.

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