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Dee Cee

Privet is horribly, terribly invasive, at least in the Southeast. It self seeds, plus birds scatter the seeds in their droppings as well. I would not recommend this plant at all. It grows very fast and pops up everywhere. A major headache in my yard. And it is a menace to native plants in wild areas.

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lizrob21

When we were little, having to prune the barberry hedge was punishment. If you need that colour (note the Canadian spelling), consider much friendlier species like Purple Sand Cherry, or a miniature variety of Japanese Red Maple. Gardens should be enjoyable, not vicious!

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C C

Well, we can only hope that very few people will actually read this article. Privet has taken over my entire yard and woods. In addition to english ivy. I live in East Tennessee. I can't imagine why nurseries would continue to sell these plants. Or garden writers continue to recommend them when there are literally thousands of plants that are better.

   

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