Wild Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)
Value For Wildlife
Ligustrum vulgare is a fabulous wildlife shrub. Wild Privet's sprays of small cream flowers attract a myriad of insects, although it doesn't produce much pollen. This means it's difficult to find in the archaeobotanical record, incidentally, but it seems to have been around in coastal areas for at least 3,000 years. Birds (especially Thrushes) enjoy the cover it affords and its black berries, which are poisonous to humans and other mammals.
Ligustrum vulgare is also a foodplant for 51 different butterfly and moth larvae, including the spectacular Privet Hawk Moth shown. Other Lepidoptera larvae that feed on Wild Privet include the Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Scalloped Hazel, and V-Pug.
Like all the native trees we sell, our Privets are grown in the UK from UK origin seed. The 60-90cm plants are sold in multiples of 5.
Suppliers: RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees.
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Wild Privet plants are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March (please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Ligustrum vulgare placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.
Time to Ultimate Height
Loam, sand, chalk
Neutral, acid, alkaline
Full shade, partial shade, full sun