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How far from the house should I plant a Texas privet?

Zone Southern California, Temecula | angello added on April 11, 2015 | Answered

I want to plant a privet on each side of my garage - how far away from the house should I plant? I also want to plant privet along a block wall that is 8 feet long with house on one side. How far from the wall should I plant and how many will fit - 2 or 3?

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shelley
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Answered on April 11, 2015

The texas privet (or japanese privet) is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that can grow 10 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide. I did some research and it is recommended that large shrubs (8-12 feet tall) be planted 4-6 feet apart. Shrubs should be planted at least half the distance of their mature spread from your home’s foundation. Since the privet can grow up to 6 feet wide then you are looking at a distance of 3 feet away, but probably a little bit more if you need to take into account the drip edge of your roof.

For more information on privet shrubs, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/ligustrum/growing-ligustrum-shrubs.htm

Sources:
https://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2002/3-22-2002/hedges.html

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