Ligustrum Straight Talk® Privet

Well adapted to urban locations
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Features to Note


4 - 8

Mature Height

12 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A First Editions® variety, Ligustrum Straight Talk® is a flowering evergreen shrub offering year-round interest. In late spring, this ornamental shrub blooms in fragrant tiny white flowers that are followed in fall by small, glossy black berries, which persist throughout winter, attracting birds.

A Ligustrum vulgare, commonly called privet, Straight Talk has a narrow, upright habit and adapts well to urban conditions. The plant will naturalize by self-seeding in optimal conditions. It is a popular specimen, vertical accent, mixed bed, and hedging plant.

Cold hardy and easy to grow, Ligustrum Straight Talk grows best in sunny to partly sunny locations with average, dry to medium moist, well-draining soils, but it tolerates a wide range of soils as well as drought. Any desired pruning should be done immediately after flowering.


Genus: Ligustrum
Species: vulgare
Variety: 'Swift'
Item Form: 2-Quart
Category: Shrubs
Bloom Season Start: Late Spring
Bloom Season End: Late Spring
Bloom Color: White
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 4
USDA Zone High: 8
Uses: Beds, Fall Color, Hedge, Specimen
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions: AZ, GU, HI, ID, PR, TN, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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