- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 10 - 15 Feet
- Mature Spread 7 - 9 Feet
- Growing Zones 5 - 8
Ligustrum ovalifolium, commonly called California Privet, is a fast-growing semi-evergreen shrub that makes a fine choice for a hedge. In early spring, the shrub is adorned with small white flowers. The flowers mature to shiny black fruits that feed songbirds. Due to its dense form and easy nature, this California Privet has often been used for privacy hedges in the Hamptons and other coastal areas.
This is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen shrub with dense branching. It has a compact and vertical form, reaching 10 – 15 feet tall and 7 – 9 feet wide. It is native to Japan and South Korea. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and bees, and are lovely in cut flower arrangements. It tolerates drought, heat, wind and salt spray. It can be trimmed into practically any shape you can imagine, making it well suited for a formal hedge, windblock, or privacy screen.
California Privet Care
This shrub prefers full exposure to sun. It performs best in fertile, sandy loam soil, but will tolerate poor soil and clay. Your California privet will appreciate consistent moisture and should be watered regularly during the growing season. Once established, it will develop drought tolerance. Mulch new plants with high quality compost to conserve moisture and improve the soil.
Prune your privet in spring or immediately after flowering to keep this shrub looking tidy. Trim them so they are thinner at the top and broader at the bottom, ensuring the bottom branches receive sufficient sun exposure.
California Privet Spacing
To plant a dense hedge, space these shrubs approximately 6 feet apart, center on center. Eventually, the branches will begin to overlap and create a tight screen. Increase the spacing to 9 feet apart if a gap between shrubs is desired.
California Privet Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 8|
|Plant Type: Bushes|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 10 - 15 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 7 - 9 Feet|
|Spacing: 7 - 9 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): White|
|Bloom Period: June and July|
|Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering|
|Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: California Privet|
|Scientific Name: LIGUSTRUM OVALIFOLIUM|
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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.