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Deciduous privet

I think I asked this last year, but I'll try again in case there are new answers. I planted a privet - Ligustrum ovalifolium - hedge along my front garden boundary, 3 or 4 years ago. It is now 4 foot tall, looks lovely in summer, but is completely bare of leaves from December to late April. It was intended as a privacy hedge. All the privet hedges I see are pretty much evergreen, including across the road, and around the corner. Does anyone else have a deciduous privet? Could this be a lifecycle thing e.g. as it ages it retains more leaves? Or could it be a feed thing e.g. a deficiency? I suspect it is simply a deciduous variety/form of the species.


  • BobFlannigonBobFlannigon Posts: 619

    I think golden privet is only evergreen if it's warm all year around, so it's probably too cold wherever you are!  It shouldn't be feed etc. usually if the leaves all fall off for any other reason the plant has likely died.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,280

    This should be evergreen.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,278

    A photo may help if you have one

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,104

    L. ovalifolium is a deciduous species of Privet. If you want an evergreen one you should plant L. japonicum.

  • LeifUKLeifUK Posts: 573

    Well actually L ovalifolium is widely described by garden centres and nurseries in the UK as evergreen or semi-evergreen, and my neighbours specimens retain most of their leaves.For example:

    That is why I am wondering why mine is so different and hence the question here. Maybe I will contact Hilliers, since it came from them.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    You haven'y got the native Ligustrum vulgare by accident have you? That is a deciduous species.

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