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North PrivetLigustrum x ibolium

  • North Privet  shrub- Ligustrum x ibolium
  • North Privet - Ligustrum x ibolium
  • North Privet - Ligustrum x ibolium

This deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is America's fasting-growing hedge, growing up to 3' per year. The shrub's dense, dark, glossy green foliage makes it an excellent choice for hedges and privacy screens.

If you’re interested in a hedge with a formal appearance, this privet tolerates shearing well. When you grow it as a hedge, shearing it early and often helps to develop thick layers of branches for year-round privacy.

Hardiness Zones

The north privet can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is an ornamental shrub, typically planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape.

Mature Size

The north privet grows to a height of 8–12' and a spread of 4–6' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The north privet grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Grows up to 3' per year.
  • Features glossy dark green foliage that is semi-evergreen to deciduous.
  • Can be used as a hedge or privacy screen.
  • Grows in a pyramidal shape.
  • Works well for shearing.