Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Regel's Border Privet

{Picture of Regel's Border Privet}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Ligustrum obtusifolium var. regelianum Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Privet
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 4-6'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Mounded: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates dry conditions. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Ill-scented white flowers in June followed by small blue-black fruit lasting into winter and purple fall color. Unlike other privets, its habit does not lend itself to use as a trimmed hedge.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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