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Amberasks
Dec 29, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Hi there

I'm currently looking to plant a hedge to frame my front drive. Ideally I'd like to match my neighbor's which is shown in the picture attached. I've been told this is a Privet, but upon some research can see that Privets tend to flower and fruit (I've never noticed this happening with my neighbor's hedge).

I need a hedge that doesn't fruit (as I don't want berries falling onto my drive). I also would prefer an evergreen.

Can you advise on what hedges would fit the bill, or else how to ensure a Privet doesn't fruit? I notice there have been birds nests in my neighbor's hedge...do you think it's likely that the birds simply ate all the berries from theirs?

Thanks very much.
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DaisyI
Dec 29, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Welcome!

I think its most likely that your neighbor cuts what would be the flowers off with the constant pruning needed to keep a hedge hedge-looking.
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Amberasks
Dec 29, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Thanks Daisyl.

I've never seen him doing so, but you're saying that that's a Privet, and when he removes the flowers this ensures that the berries dont grow? How often do you think one would need to prune to get the same effect?
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 29, 2017 12:45 PM CST
We had a nice privet hedge at our house in Salt Lake City. It virtually never bloomed as long as I pruned it neatly in the spring before the flower buds formed. As long as it doesn't bloom, you will not get any berries.
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DaisyI
Dec 29, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Your neighbor isn't out cutting off the flowers intentionally, as Elaine pointed out, the potential for any flowers was cut out with the pruning.
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porkpal
Dec 29, 2017 1:14 PM CST
- - However cutting out the flowers would also work.
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plantmanager
Dec 29, 2017 1:16 PM CST
I grew up with a privet hedge. It was cut about 4 times a year, and never had flowers or fruit on it. They are great, hardy hedges.
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DaisyI
Dec 29, 2017 2:00 PM CST
porkpal said: - - However cutting out the flowers would also work.


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Name: stone
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stone
Dec 29, 2017 4:10 PM CST
There are a number of varieties of privet.
Your glossy leaf privet is one variety.

Personally, I can't stand that exotic invasive.... The flowers are rough on my allergies.... And.... Just look around, you probably already have this growing in any natural space you have.... Just transplant it out of the wild space, into your entrance.

There are male hollies for someone that was determined to grow shrubs without berries... Seems like a waste of space to me.

Otherwise, consider one of the varieties of camellia.
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greene
Dec 29, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Which Middlesex? Location would/might have something to do with what will grow for you and remain evergreen.

When I was a kid we had Privet hedges. The ones that were allow to grow to full height had a huge fragrance and tons of flowers; the bees loved it. The plants that were kept cropped short and narrow never made flowers.
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Amberasks
Dec 30, 2017 11:45 AM CST
Thanks everyone. Have placed an order for the privet... Will ensure to prune and cut away the flowers.

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