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Suwannee River Privet

Ligustrum x 'Suwannee River'

A versatile hybrid with lustrous, deep green evergreen foliage on a very compact, mounding form. An excellent choice for hedges, foundation plantings and containers.
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Full sun

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


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Botanical Pronunciationli-GUS-trum
LoreThe berries produced by Ligustrum have a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasPrivet are primarily mild-winter hedge plants. This cultivar doesn't exceed four feet tall, so you can plant it as a natural hedge and never need to clip it. Too small for screening but perfect for foundation planting against buildings, walls and fences. With its lush green foliage, it's perfect for formal gardens as a hedge or sheared into a casual cone or ball as a single specimen. Ideal background greenery for perennial and flowering shrub beds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Topiary, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsThis smaller Privet is a perfect background foliage plant for lower flowering shrubs such as Indian PrincessTM Indian Hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica 'Monto'), Prostrate White Abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Prostrata') and Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Veitchii'). For a really dramatic combination in front, mass White Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus 'Albus')

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: 7-10

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