Swamp Privet

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Highly adaptable shrubs or trees, the Swamp Privet (Forestiera acuminata) is a hardy native wetland plant with an open and airy form! Found growing throughout the southeastern and central U.S., The yellow sprays of flowers, the gray branches fill out with pointed yellow-green toothy foliage for the entire growing season!

The spring flowers appear on old wood and male flowers and female flowers appear on separate plants. If pollinated by the plethora of bees and butterflies that love these blooms, the female plants form bird-friendly purple drupes for the late summer months and contrast with the yellow fall color.

The leaves of these plants have a spicy aroma when crushed and are similar to Spicebush. However, while called a Privet, Swamp Privet are not true Privet shrubs (Ligustrum). When grown in their natural form, these natives can form polite thickets. When pruned into more tree-form specimens, the multi-branched trees can grow 15-25 feet tall and about 15-20 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Growing into naturalized thickets along riparian areas and in boggier areas of the landscape. Plant Swamp Privet in the Rain Garden and along your ponds, brooks, and water features, anywhere there is higher moisture soils available.

Equally adaptable to partial shade, Swamp Privet are wonderful understory shrubs, happily hanging out under the canopy of larger trees. Handling full sun as well, these wonderful native plants handle a wide range of conditions, while feeding and sheltering songbirds and wildlife - but there is little worry that Deer will browse on your Swamp Privet stand.

  • Sprays of Yellow Blooms
  • Yellow-Green Leaves & Yellow Fall Color
  • Pollinator Friendly Blooms
  • Loves High Moisture Environments & Rain Gardens
  • Purple Drupes In Summer Feed Water Foul, Songbirds & Ducks
  • Naturalizing, Understory Tree or Shrub, Thickets & Wetland Areas

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Swamp Privet in full sun or partial shade locations and provide a well-drained soil location with higher moisture availability. In drier conditions in the garden, plant this hardy native in an enriched location that is mulched with 3-4 inches of arborist bark chips. Eastern Swamp Privet shrubs bloom on old wood, so prune only after flowering. For maintaining large naturalized thickets, try renewal pruning instead and only remove the oldest, fattest stems, leaving behind younger more vigorous branching.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Soil Locations
  • Average to Higher Moisture Locations
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Deer Seldom Bother These Hardy Natives!

Native Eastern Swamp Privet shrubs or trees are wonderful additions to boost your landscapes biodiversity and increase native plant presence in your area! Now available at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Swamp Privet Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6 - 9
Growing Zones 6 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Forestiera acuminata
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 25 Feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 Feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Tolerates Wet Soils
Moisture High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes