Privet hedges are members of the Ligustrum species of plants that tolerate heavy pruning and grow rapidly. They are glossy-leaved, semi-evergreen shrubs that become covered in sprays of white flowers at summer's end. Maintaining a well-formed privet hedge requires attention to a few cultural details.
Grow privet hedges in full sun to partial shade. They thrive in most soil types.
Privet hedges are drought tolerant, but water once a month during spring and summer to encourage optimum growth.
The University of Florida recommends feeding privet hedges three times a year in early spring, summer and fall with a 15-5-10 or 15-5-15 fertiliser at a rate of 0.318 Kilogram per 100 square feet.
Privet is a vigorous grower that can reach 15 feet in height if not kept in check. Frequent severe pruning is necessary to maintain a hedge form.
Pests that tend to attack privet are aphids, scales, whiteflies and spider mites. Check hedges regularly for infestations and apply the appropriate pesticide when necessary.