Ligustrum vulgare 'ATROVIRENS'

Ligustrum vulgare
Ligustrum vulgare 'ATROVIRENS'
common privet
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES semi-deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Hedging plants

Privet is the number one hedging plant. Atrovirens is a robust variety making narrowly elliptic semi-evergreen leaves of rich green colour. In our climate they usually persist until December, then they dry out and fall down. New twigs are always erect and branching is encouraged by regular pruning.

Pruning or trimming of any kind is possible. You can prune it hard down to 5-year old wood. Such action should be followed by regular fertilizing to enforce new growths. Grow it in full sun or part shade, it can also withstand shaded areas if the shade is not too dark. The soil has to be medium fertile, well-drained. Hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update: 10-09-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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