Audubon® Swamp Privet
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Just about impossible to find in any garden center… but Bower & Branch has it! Eastern Swamp Privet is an obscure but intriguing large shrub or small, multi-stemmed tree for your native plant garden. As you may guess from the name, this is an especially useful plant for those dealing with constantly soggy soil, but it will grow in a normal garden situation as well. Male plants will produce a lovely haze of yellow flowers in your landscape in early spring; female flowers are not showy, but they do turn into purple fruits that are relished by ducks and songbirds. Dare to be different!
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, wood warblers
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Eastern Swamp Privet gets its name from its resemblance to the Privet plants that so many people use as hedging across the country. The resemblance is not coincidental, as Eastern Swamp Privet is in the same family as the plants we normally refer to as Privet. Unlike hedging Privets, however, Swamp Privet is native to the U.S. and will never become invasive here like some exotic Privets have done. This well-behaved plant grows most abundantly in Mississippi, though it follows the Mississippi River Valley as far north as Illinois and Indiana. Scattered populations also exist in other parts of the Southeast.
Eastern Swamp Privet typically takes the form of a large shrub, but it can also be trained as a single-trunked tree. When grown in this fashion, it has the potential to become much taller. The largest known specimen, in Georgia, attained a height of 46 feet.
How to Grow
A plant of bogs and creek sides, Eastern Swamp Privet excels in moist and even inundated sites. It does not have to be grown in a swamp, however, and will cope with regular garden conditions, provided the soil doesn’t dry out for long. Provide supplemental irrigation in periods of drought. Give Eastern Swamp Privet a position in all-day sun; light shade is tolerated, but full sun is better. This is a dioecious plant, which means that male and female flowers are produced on separate plants. Only females will produce fruit and only if they’re pollinated by a male tree growing nearby.
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