Variegated Privet losing leaves

Anne Cooney asked 9 years ago

Variegated Privet hedge planted last Spring. Was flourishing with plenty of leaf up to c. end Nov. Loss of leaf completely spreading from ground upwards. Normal? If so does this mean I’ll have no hedgecover for 3to 4mnths annually?Or are plants dying?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Privet is semi-evergreen but only in a hard winter, and should have stayed leafy this year.

Your plants have a leaf spot fungus which would be more active closer to the dampness of the soil. Hence the loss of lower leaves. Control of this is difficult and a nuisance to have to spray.

Privet also needs clipping twice a year to look well.

Common laurel would be a good choice, only keep it to size as it can grow too big.