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Labrador Tea vs Wild Privet

Rhododendron groenlandicum (Ledum groenlandicum)

Ligustrum vulgare

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Labrador Tea
Wild Privet

Labrador Tea is slow-growing evergreen shrub native to the boreal forests of Canada.

It thrives in wet, swampy conditions.

Labrador Tea has narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, topped by a cluster of white flowers in the spring. It is a perfect ornamental shrub for boggy, wet areas of your property.

Wild Privet is a fast growing ornamental shrub that is well suited for forming hedges and privacy screens. It will retain its leaves in warmer climates but drops them in colder areas. They have small white flowers, though the smell is often considered unpleasant. While the berries are inedible, they are a good food source for many bird species.

It is recommended to prune Wild Privet immediately after flowering, as it can readily self seed. It is deer and rabbit tolerant. It can grow in dry areas, on slopes, and withstand the wind making it well suited for many growing conditions.

LABRADOR TEA QUICK FACTS

WILD PRIVET QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 5a
Height: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: rust orange
Berries: black
Flowers: white, fragrant
Flowers: white
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: slightly toxic if ingested

Toxicity: If ingested, all parts of this plant will cause severe discomfort. Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses

Other Names: common privet, european privet