How to Prune a Cheyenne Privet


The 'Cheyenne' privet (Ligustrum vulgare 'Cheyenne') is a semi-evergreen deciduous shrub that is native to Europe and Africa. The shrub grows up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. This privet cultivar's size and shape makes it an ideal privacy shrub. Regular pruning of the shrub helps to maintain its size, and makes the bush more visually appealing.

Step 1

Prune the 'Cheyenne' privet after the plant has bloomed. The shrub produces white flowers in early- to mid-summer, and should therefore be pruned in August or September.

Step 2

Remove dead wood first. Any branches that are gray and brittle, as well as those with no leaf growth should be removed.

Step 3

Trim back branches that extend up or out beyond the natural shape of the shrub. Also remove branches that are sickly, or have yellowed leaves.

Step 4

Give the shrub a tapered shape, with the bottom slightly wider than the top of the plant. This shape helps the shrub withstand high winds and the weight of heavy snow.

Step 5

Cut a template out of thick cardboard, to help give the shrub a uniform shape on all sides. Hold the cardboard up to one side at a time, and trim the 'Cheyenne' privet according to the template.

Step 6

Prune just one side of the privet at a time, if the shrub is used for privacy. When you prune back the branches, you also remove leaves and this will leave that side bare. Pruning all four sides at once will leave the shrub completely bare. Wait until new leaves emerge before moving on to trim other sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Thick cardboard (optional)


  • BackyardGardener: Cheyenne Privet
  • Madison Gas & Electric: Cheyenne Privet
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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.