Privet – Spreading Too Much?

Q: If I use privet as a hedge along my property line, is there any reason to be concerned about the berries making their way into a nearby vegetable garden?

A: There is every reason to be concerned! Chinese privet seed seem to have a 110% germination rate. If you allow the privet to produce seed you’ll have problems in your landscape and garden for years. Evergreens like ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae, ‘Foster’ holly, ‘Little Gem’ magnolia or dwarf ‘Burford’ holly would be much less likely to cause worry.