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Noble Privet

Ligustrum japonicum 'Nobilis'

Glossy green leaves and a more narrow habit of growth make this a perfect candidate for a well-behaved hedge. Proven to be more cold hardy than other Japanese privets. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationli-GUS-trum juh-PON-ih-kum no-BIL-is
LorePrivet has become an invasive plants in some parts of North America due to the widespread dispersal of its seed by many bird species.
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasTall and thin, Noble is the perfect hedge for side yards between buildings and can screen off windows up to about 10 feet high. An excellent choice for 'privatizing' a spa off the master bedroom. Good sound barrier for homes near busy streets. An excellent background shrub that doesn't demand too much room.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsNoble Privet makes a great background for very upright flowering shrubs such as Minerva Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus 'Minerva'), Harlequin Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'Harlequin') or Red Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum). For a real show in narrow yards, plant each end of the hedge with a cluster of big Black Knight Canna (Canna x generalis 'Black Knight') or the contrasting Variegated Japanese Silver Grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-11

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