Wild Privet differs from the Common Privet in that its leaves are longer and slimmer, it's creamy white flowers that show in summer, are very attractive to insects and it produces bunches of shiny black fruits in autumn much loved by thrushes. Leave the berries for the birds as they can be harmful if eaten. It is likely to lose most of its leaves in very cold winters but most years it keeps a fair proportion of green leaves, providing mixed native hedges with some winter wildlife cover. It is good at the coast, good in all but the wettest and driest soils, good in shade (as long as the soil is not dry) and good in exposed windy positions. Flowers late May-mid November producing white flowers. Grows 20-40cm per year. Supplied as 60-90cm bare roots.
Bare Root hedging plants are a great, cost-effective way for you to achieve your hedging goals. They are grown in an open environment, exposed to natural conditions, which allows these plants to develop with no restrictions. When opting for this root type, you will receive well established plants with sturdy root systems as a result of their growing method. Given the way in which they are grown, bare rooted plants are available from November until May as this is the time of year when the plants are dormant and can be safely lifted from the field. This category mostly consists of native, deciduous hedging species which many of them flower and/or berry so they make great hedges for wildlife and provide seasonal interest.