The Chinese Privet is a deciduous shrub that can grow between 6 and 25 feet tall. It features a very attractive brown bark that develops quickly. The Privet blooms white flowers in the summer followed by poisonous berries. The leaves are arranged in pairs and can grow fairly large. Partial defoliation or complete defoliation is recommended. This species is very hardy, grows quickly and responds very well to pruning. This is a good species for beginners if they would like a little higher maintenance.
The Chinese Privet is surprisingly native to China. It can be found commonly in South-East Asia. In the United States of America it is considered an invasive species due to how fast they can spread and fill in an area displacing any native species. The Privet symbolizes healing old wounds, moving forward and letting go of past experiences.
The Chinese Privet enjoys bright indirect sunlight, it is completely okay if the tree receives direct sunlight for a portion of the day but it should not be scorching on it the entire day. The Privet enjoys being outdoors in the summer but is not necessary with this species. The temperature must not drop below 4°C and must be placed indoors during the winter.
Allow the top inch of soil to dry prior to watering again. The Privet requires frequent waterings during the growing season but will slow down considerably in the winter. Never allow the root ball to fully dry out.
Pruning and wiring
The Privet responds very well to frequent pruning and will readily backbud. If you wish for it to flower do not prune until summer, after flower buds begin to appear.
The Privet handles wiring well, the bark is very soft and can be delicate. Wrapping the wood with ribbon or floral tape prior to wiring is encouraged. Older branches can be fragile but still able to be wired into shapes slowly.
Chinese Privets should be repotted every two or three years. Handles root pruning very well.
Pests and Diseases
Pests will tend to occur during Spring or when berries begin to grow. The most common pests that attack Privets are Aphids and/or Scale. Use appropriate insecticide (As per instructions on label). Scale may require additional treatment. Mildew may appear in areas that do not receive much sunlight. Be sure to keep an eye out for any fungus growing on the foliage. Use appreciate fungicide.
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