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by Sam
(Laguna Niguel, CA USA)

berries on ligustrum privet 21936591

Will trimming off the flowers or subsequent berries on my Ligustrum Privet limit the growth of the plants? My ultimate goal is get these privets as tall as possible to provide privacy and don’t want to do anything that will inhibit their growth!

I am in Laguna Niguel, California (Southern Ca about a mile from Ocean)

Thanks so much!

Comments for Berries on Ligustrum Privet

Sep 05, 2020

If Anything…
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

If anything, trimming off the fruit and flowers will make them grow more. The mere presence of flowers stops vegetative growth.

Having said that, there is a finite height to this plant. They won’t keep growing past a certain height. Generally, that will be determined genetically, and also depends a bit on the amount of water and nutrients in the soil.