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A systematic survey of Chinese privet foliage, stems, seeds, and roots for associated phytophagous insects was conducted in China during 2005 and 2006 in order to establish basic information about the insect communities that Chinese privet harbors and to evaluate the abundance and damage caused by these insects.
Key Words: Chinese privet, biological control, invasive species, exotic species
Chinese privet is native to China, Vietnam, and Laos (The Nature Conservancy 2004; Wu & Raven 2003).
Chinese privet is grown nationwide as an ornamental hedge plant, for its berries used in brewing, and for oils extracted from seeds and used in soap making (Qui et al.
Chinese privet was introduced into the United States in 1852 (Coates 1965; Dirr 1990) as an ornamental shrub, for hedgerows (USDA-NRCS 2002), and sometimes as single specimens for its foliage and profusion of small white flowers (Dirr 1990; Wyman 1973).
A ADRIENNE SAYS: Privets are very hungry plants and have a thirsty, fibrous root system - which makes it difficult for nearby plants to establish themselves as the privet takes all the moisture and nutrients.
Q NOTHING seems to grow well in the border next to my neighbour's privet hedge.
You can plant your privets every 3 to 5 feet along your property line, depending on how quickly you want your hedge to fill in.
Only if drought was the killer should replacement privets be planted.
Years ago, a previous owner named the estate 'Hedgebound' because of the thick privets that surround it, and we've really enjoyed the privacy the home provides.