The Q&A Archives: Rate of Shrub Growth

Question: How fast will privets and dwarf burning bushes grow in North Texas. Will they lose their leaves in the mild winters?

Answer: There are several types of privets (Ligustrum spp.) grown in your area. They are dependable shrubs for southern landscapes. In your area most should be evergreen, although an occasional cold winter may briefly thin the foliage a bit. Almost all species of privet are fast growers, provided they are planted in a fairly fertile soil and receive plenty of water.

Dwarf burning bush (Euonymus alata) is a deciduous shrub. Your location is near the southern portion of its adapted range, so fall color may be not as spectacular in some years. Several dwarf varieties are available. They grow at a moderately fast rate, but tend to stay low and compact.

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