White Flowers on Ligustrum (Privet) - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by suclap
May 17, 2006
Does cutting the white flowers off (before fruit appears) of the Ligustrum (Wax-Leaf Privet) encourage privet growth?

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2006
Cutting the flowers off will only serve to keep the plant from producing berries. If it's new growth you want, you can encourage it with some tip pruning or light shearing. Cut the branch tips back by a few inches and your privet will respond by sending out one or two new shoots at the site of the cut. Bet wishes with your garden!

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