If you want an attractive shrub for your garden, it might be time to think about the Lodense privet (Ligustrum vulgare ‘Lodense‘). This handsome privet features dark green foliage in a dense, compact habit. It even produces lightly-scented flowers from the late spring to summer. This privet is the perfect choice for those who want low hedges or lush backdrops. When you need an exceptional shrub for your landscape project, make sure to add the Lodense privet to your wish list.
Lodense Privet Attributes
This dwarf privet has a dense habit with rich green foliage. For that reason, it is often the top choice for privacy screens and hedges. It is also an easy shrub to shear so that you can shape it to meet your needs. However, there are other beautiful attributes of this deciduous shrub. The Lodense privet produces scented flowers in the late spring. These panicles of white flowers usually bloom through the early summer. By late summer, those blooms are replaced by black ornamental berries. These berries will quickly become a favorite treat of the neighborhood birds.
The dark green foliage lasts throughout the growing season. By the fall, the Lodense privet does not produce a significant amount of color. This delicious shrub grows moderately fast. At maturity, it can reach a height and width of 4 feet. As the name suggests, the Lodense grows low and dense in your landscape.
- Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- Botanical Pronunciation: li-GUS-trum vol-GAY-ree
- Plant type: Shrub
- Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
- Growth rate: Moderate
- Average landscape size: Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
- Special features: Bird Friendly, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Year-round Interest
- Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
- Foliage color: Green
- Blooms: Spring and Summer
- Flower color: White
- Flower attributes: Fragrant
- Garden style: Contemporary, Mediterranean
- Design Ideas: The privet of choice for colder climates. An excellent hedge that never needs clipping as it won’t exceed four feet tall. Though too small for screening, it’s perfect for foundation planting against buildings, walls and fences. With its lush green foliage, it’s also perfect for formal gardens as a hedge or sheared specimen. Ideal background greenery for perennial and flowering shrub beds.
- Companion Plants: Spirea (Spiraea); Viburnum (Viburnum); Forsythia (Forsythia); Weigela (Weigela); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea)
Lodense Privet Landscape Uses
A well-tended privet is a beautiful plant that looks great in your landscape. Since they do not grow too tall, you may want to place this privet near a wall or fence to edge the foundation. When it is in bloom, the Lodense looks as attractive as the Japanese tree lilac.
With this multi-stemmed shrub, the fine-textured leaves set themselves apart from those other plants and shrubs with less refined foliage. The Lodense privet’s lush foliage provides some distinction to a formal garden. If you need a hardy shrub for background greenery, this is the perfect choice in your flowering gardens or perennial beds.
The Lodense privet fills out right to the ground. With this shrub, there is no need to add any facer plants in front of it. If you want a compact green shrub for your landscape, the Lodense privet can excel in all those outdoor spaces.
Lodense Privet Planting and Care
The Lodense privet thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8. Under the best conditions, you can expect this shrub to live for about 30 years. This privet can adapt to areas with full sun to partial shade. However, the shrub can look leggy and sparse if there is not enough sunlight. It can also grow in regions with both dry and moist soils. It is not particular to any type of soil, and it can tolerate road salt. For most home landscapes, the Lodense privet will do just fine without much care. Due to its durability, it is the perfect shrub for city conditions.
However, the Lodense privet needs regular pruning. Trimming allows you to get the best shape and performance out of this privet. In most cases, you want to prune after blooming is done for the season. This process can keep your Lodense privet looking tidy and attractive throughout the year.
Since it is a fast grower, you also want to give this variety plenty of room to develop. While it is a smaller shrub, you cannot place too many plants in one area without the proper room. If it doesn’t have enough space, your privet cannot develop into its mature form. For this variety, it needs about 4 feet of space around the plant. Before you add this shrub to your landscape, measure your spot to ensure it has adequate space. Once you do that, you can have a fantastic low hedge that will give you years of lush green foliage.
Add the Lodense Privet To Your Space
This deciduous shrub makes the perfect low hedge. You will be treated to rich green foliage and creamy white flowers during certain parts of the year. In the late summer, the black berries provide additional interest to your yard. This shrub is the ideal element for foundation plantings. If you want to add a hardy and compact shrub to your inventory, make sure to choose the Lodense privet. At Arbor Valley Nursery, we can help you get this privet for your next landscaping project. Please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.