This stunning topiary is made from clipped Ligustrum Jonandrum.
The Privet, also known as the Ligustrum, starts its tale from Asia, eventually extending into Australia and Europe. The actual plant is used as a street tree in Europe and has an interesting history in that it became very popular as a street ornament in Britain during WWII when the government started to requisition post-1850 iron gates and railings to be turned into ammunition for the war effort. The plant itself is semi-evergreen and is a very bushy shrub although this variant grows into a lovely lollipop shape hence its other name, ‘Lollipop Privet’.
It produces abundant creamy white flowers with a rather unusual scent in late summer and small, black berries in autumn. It needs regular watering three times a week. The Hardiness rating is H6, meaning that it is perfect for the UK climate. Privet grows rapidly and needs clipping every two to three weeks in the summer months. Growth slows down and stops in September, after which the shrub will retain its shape until next spring. All parts of the plant are toxic and may cause severe discomfort if eaten. The soil needs to be well drained and a full sun or partial shade is recommended.
Latin Name: Ligustrum Jonandrum
English Name: Privet, Lollipop Privet
Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen
Flower: Green with white flowers
Flowering Period: June-July
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full sun or Partial shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed.
Hardiness Rating: Hardy (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -20 °C to -15 °C (-4°F to 5°F)
Maintenance: Prune once a year
Growth Habit: Bushy
Growth Speed: Fast-Growing
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