Planting a privet hedge

lisa2004(NY Z5/6)May 29, 2009

I just ordered privet shrubs from the American Arbor Day Foundation. I want to plant a privacy shrub to run the length of my property. I've read conflicting information on the width that privet will grow. Can anyone who has planted a hedge tell me how far apart to place them? I guess I should have asked this question before ordering 40, but I got so excited when I saw the price (1.45 each, with membership) that I couldn't help myself. Also, just how much shade can they take? The way I'd like to position them, they would be in a pretty shady area, but I could move them closer to the road were there's more sun if necessary.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if you checked many of the garden watchdog places.. you would understand how far behind the 8 ball you are .... arbor day is a great place to make a donation... but not the greatest place to buy stock from ....

in z5... proper planting time was from ground thaw until about 4/15 ....

your stock.. should have come.. dormant.. and been planted.. and given about 45 to 90 days until the heat of summer set in ...

your will have about 2 weeks now that it is basically june ...

since the odds are already stacked against you.. i recommend potting them.. and keeping them in shade for the whole summer..

and then planting them at the next PROPER planting time.. which is basically October in z5 ... when all the other trees turn colors ...

good luck.. you will need it... ken

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 5:32PM
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lisa2004(NY Z5/6)

Actually, when I ordered them, it said they would be shipped in the fall. The problem is, it will be late fall, (Nov) and I'm afraid it will be too cold at that time for them to make it through the winter. If the weather is already bad when they arrive I will put them in my shed for the winter and plant them in the spring.

What I really wanted was a fence but that would have been too expensive, so I setteled for the hedge. While I'm sure that there were better place to shop, the prices that I saw were approx 10 times what I paid when you include shipping. In that case, I may as well have just gone for the fence. If it works out, I will have only spent $65.

Anyway, back to my questions... any idea how much shade they can take? And, how far apart can they be planted?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:11AM
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As to how far apart they should be planted, using the species name for the specific privet you are getting (I see the Arbor day site says Ligustrum x ibolium), you should be able to find the mature size of the plant on the internet. Using that to determine how far apart; as an example, if the mature size is 6 feet wide, then plant them six feet apart (or closer if you want a tighter hedge sooner but they will crowded themselves eventually).

Looks like Arbor Day says the plants will be 1 to 2 feet tall upon delivery and mature spread according to them is 4-6 feet. Another site says 6-8 feet wide and "this hybrid is a cross between L. ovalifolium and L. obtusifolium" (for those that are interested in the parentage).

Ligustrum obtusifolium has some reported invasive tendencies in some northern states as noted here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mobot site with height and width numbers

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 10:16AM
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lisa2004(NY Z5/6)

Thank you for your help. Still looking into that shade question. Guess I have time to do my research!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 9:36AM
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Sorry, I missed that - they do prefer sun, so planting them in shade would slow their growth.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 1:50PM
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