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Common privet is grown as a hedge plant because it tolerates shearing and is quite dense. It grows 12 to 15 feet high and spreads 12 to 15 feet. The plant is highly branched but quite irregular in shape if not sheared. Privet tolerates most light exposures but is not as dense in the shade. It is easily transplanted and grows rapidly. The white flowers are often sheared off in early summer. The fruit is glossy and black but not particularly ornamental.
Cultivars include: 'pendulum'--drooping branches; 'pyramidale'--erect branches; 'sempervirens'--nearly evergreen.
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