Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens (Privet Atrovirens)
The Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens* is of the privet family the one with which you have the best chance of green leaves for 365 days. Atrovirens means "always green". With its narrow, elongated green leaves, it gives a soft appearance to your hedge. The plant is strong and hardy. It is undemanding, not in terms of its location, not in pruning, in anything really.
Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens (Privet Atrovirens)
You can create low to medium hedges from Privet Atrovirens, up to a maximum height of 4 meters. It blooms beautifully with white flowers that also smell nice. When the flowers have disappeared, black currants appear. If you prune it regularly, the Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens will not get flowers or berries.
Privets grow all over the world. That's why they thrive in so many places.
Why choose a Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens?
- There is no question that it is a beautiful plant.
- It is strong and hardy.
- Your hedge will grow tall and dense quickly, because it grows quickly.
- We call Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens semi-evergreen, but of the privet family it is the plant that gives you the best chance of looking at green foliage all year round.
- The position in the garden does not really matter.
- In the spring, nice smelling flowers appear, which attract bees and butterflies.
- The black currants are popular with birds. All fun in your garden.
- Pruning is not a problem, even if you do it rigorously.
When is the best time to plant a privet hedge?
You can put the Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens in the ground for 365 days, but winter is preferred. Of course not when it is freezing.
How do you plant a Privet Atrovirens?
- Remove weeds from the surrounding soil where the hedge will grow. The plant can thus make optimal use of the nutrients in the soil.
- Dig a trench about 35 cm wide and 50 cm deep. Stretch a string beforehand to get a straight hedge.
- Turn the soil in the trench and mix it with a soil improver.
- Place the plants along the trench. Are you satisfied with the distribution? Then the hedge plants can be placed in the trench; well upright and exactly in the middle.
- Fill the trench with soil. Cover the roots completely with soil so that they do not come into contact with direct sunlight.
- Compress the soil so that the hedge is firm.
- Give the plants enough water. Continue to do this for some time to come, until the hedge is properly established.
The Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens grows in principle in any location, just not so well in the shade.
The plants like moist soil. Find the happy medium, because too wet is not good either.
Cover the roots well with soil to protect them from direct sunlight.
When ordering this plant, please note that there is a 10 per cent plant failure rate. For this reason, we recommend ordering 10 per cent extra plants and placing the remaining plants in an unused area of your garden. The plants will then grow just as fast with the rest of the plants and this way, you will always have enough spare plants in case of failure. In case of failure, simply replace the broken plant with one of the spare plants. As these plants are in the same growth phase as the rest of your hedge, you won't even notice that a plant has been replaced.
The Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens can grow to about 4 meters high. Give the plants enough room to grow. Don't put them too close together.
Take 4 or 5 plants per linear meter.
Advice & Care
- Water the plant enough, but not too much.
- Prune the privet between May and September. Would you like a tight hedge? Then you will have to prune it at least twice a year.
- Prune with a hedge trimmer that is sharp.
- Do not prune when it is sunny, but rather when it is cloudy. Then the leaf does not burn.
- It is best not to prune after the end of September. Let it recover before winter sets in.
- Fertilize twice a year. Result: better growth, roots do not go far in search of nutrition and you prevent diseases. There is special hedge fertilizer for this, but compost or garden peat are also fine.
Known deseases of the Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens
The plant is strong and yet it can still happen that it gets sick. You reduce that chance considerably if you: buy good quality plants, take good care of them and fertilize them every six months.
Below you will find various diseases and pests that can occur. Is your privet sick or in doubt? Then contact us. We will then advise you.
Green apple bug - the foliage on the top of the privet becomes frayed and holes form.
Privet Pintail larvae - holes appear in the leaves all over the shrub.
Small winter moth - green caterpillars eat the growing tips of the young leaves.
Brush beetle - this beetle eats the soft parts of the white flowers.
Verticillium - the privet withers. This is due to a soil fungus that disrupts the flow of juice in the roots.
Leaf spot (Cercospora) - brown and black spots develop on the leaf. The leaves will eventually fall off.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens
- The Privet Atrovirens is beautiful and graceful.
- The plant is hardy.
- With this privet you have a good chance that it will remain green all year round. It is officially semi-evergreen, but it is not without reason that it has the name Atrovirens, which means "always green".
- The plant is undemanding.
- It can be used to create low and medium hedges.
- The hedge quickly offers a lot of privacy due to its fairly rapid growth.
- You can prune this hedge plant well. Also rigorous.
- The Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens is strong. With good care there is little chance of diseases and pests.
- The Privet Atrovirens does not like to be in soaked soil for long.
- The berries, leaves and flowers are poisonous. If there are small children and pets in your garden, be very careful.
- The Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens some people find a bit old-fashioned.
With its narrow, elongated green leaves, the Ligustrum Vulgare Atrovirens gives a soft appearance to your hedge. The hardy and evergreen hedge is undemanding. You can plant it almost anywhere and its care is not difficult at all. A super fine and beautiful hedge to have in your garden.
Convinced? Then order immediately. Do you have any questions? Don't hesitate to ask them.
*Please note that bare rooted plants are not covered by the growth guarantee and right of withdrawal.