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Commonly known as Privet
EvergreenIn mild climates. Pale, glossy green leaves to 9cm (3½in) long
WhiteWith pink anthers
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Against a wall
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowGiven the shelter of a south-facing wall produces the best show of flowers and fruit of any privetPests & DiseasesAphids, scale insects, leaf miners, thrips, leaf spot, honey fungusPlace of originHimalaya. Eastern Nepal to Bhutan
Flower ShapeCup-shapedPaniclesTerminal panicles to 10cm (4in) long and 7.5cm (3in) wide
HardinessHalf hardy (down to 0)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented flowers
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)