Answer: Scratch the bark along branches with your fingernail to see if there is green tissue beneath. If so, the privet is still alive. If plants were stressed from drought during last year's growing season or were hit by cold temps during winter, they can be slow to recover. Have you watered it deeply through the entire root zone? Water should soak 2-3 feet deep, and be applied at the plant's dripline (outer canopy edge). I'd water well and wait another month or so before giving up on it. Good luck!
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