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Privet, often the protagonist of many hedges that we notice on the street but which we do not know how to give a name. It is a very comfortable shrub also due to its flexible branches which also owes its name. Ligustro derives from the Latin ligare, therefore to the possibility of using its branches for binding in various agricultural works.
There are 45 species of shrubs and small trees, both evergreen and deciduous, which are all called privet and in most cases are used to form hedges.
In our part, we usually find the genus lucidum and japonicum, in the first case, there are some particular and much loved varieties: the excelsum superbum because it has leaves with a variegated cream-colored margin, and the tricolor because it has leaves that, when young, are pale pink,
Beyond the existing and widespread types, the Privet it remains one of the most widespread hedge plants, at least in our latitudes. It has oval and bright green leaves, towards late spring it is also enriched with microscopic flowers, very fragrant and ivory-white in color.
When you want to separate or divide outdoor spaces, this shrub is one of the most popular solutions because it is elegant and practical. It is simple, with its branches, create dense, green and completely natural barriers but very resistant, which do not "Undress" in autumn and do not freeze in winter.
One of the optimal habitat for privet is what we offer them in Italy, a country where it grows spontaneously and green as an evergreen shrub. It can be up to 5 meters high but very thick, especially if we find it as a hedge About 3 meters.
The origins of this plant are Asian, but it can also come from Europe, North Africa and Australia. The common privet, for example, is European, holds up well the climate of the continent even if not the polar cold, another enemy of his is powdery mildew.
As the type of privet we are observing varies, its leaves can be deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen. When there are, they are opposite, simple, ovate, without any fluff and shiny. Even to the touch they are very leathery.
They can be even 10 cm long and 5 cm wide, they end with a thin tip and have no serrated edges unless it is a variety with this precise characteristic. When they are born, they can also show some reddish shades but then as they become adults they remain green, more glossy on the upper page, less on the lower one.
In late spring, sometimes only in summer, the Privet produces its flowers. They are not in a hurry and have no delusions of size, because they are very small and collected in panniculi up to 20 cm long. They are creamy white and very fragrant, towards the end of summer instead of the flowers there are black berries of about 1 cm in diameter, very poisonous. We hold far away children and animals.
For small hedges, small privets, then Bonsai privets. These are small varieties, therefore they do not reach 5 meters in height as in the standard and least of all minus the 12 that, in nature, this shrub can exceed.
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