Phillyrea angustifolia – Multi Stem (Narrow-leafed Mock Privet)

From £97.50 incl. VAT

Evergreen shrub growing to around 10ft tall. Narrow, dark green leaves to 6cm long, and small clusters of fragrant flowers in late spring and early summer. Looks good clipped into blobs. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.

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Tough as old boots - related to both Olives and Privet. Left to its own devices, an undistinguished evergreen shrub but its toughness and reliability lends it to being used as topiary - producing a lovely texture when clipped.

Most of the plants in this group (Olive relatives) need plenty of light. This is no exception. Any reasonably well drained soil.

Propagated by cuttings.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

 

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FAQs

How fast does Phillyrea angustifolia grow?

Slower growing than Phillyrea latifolia and left as a shrub it will reach a height of 10ft. But do you really want an undistinguished shrub? It’s best kept clipped and kept as topiary: either as balls, in a blobbery or as a dramatic piece of Niwaki.

How do you take care of Phillyrea angustifolia?

To get the best out of these trees they need space and light. Happy in Clay, Dry / Well Drained, Sandy soils. Plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate around the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well-watered when first planted. Keep it clipped – it’s all about the shapeliness and this will also maintain a denser foliage.

How tall does Phillyrea angustifolia grow?

Left as a shrub it will grow to around 10ft tall. But you really don’t want to leave it as such. With dense narrow, dark green leaves to 6cm long, and small clusters of fragrant flowers in late spring you want to keep it clipped as topiary: either as balls, or in a blobbery, which we presume you wouldn’t want ever taller than chest height.

Do Phillyrea angustifolia prefer sun or shade?

Full Sun needs both space and light.

Is Phillyrea angustifolia an indoor or outdoor plant?

Outdoor plant.

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