Phillyrea angustifolia

narrow-leaved mock privet, jasmine box

(3 customer reviews)


Phillyrea angustifolia is a beautiful evergreen shrub that is perfect for adding a touch of greenery to any garden. This hardy shrub is easy to care for and can reach heights of up to 10 feet. Its narrow, dark green leaves are a striking contrast against its light gray bark.

Phillyrea angustifolia is a great addition to any garden, providing year-round beauty with minimal effort.


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Origin: Mediterranean area
Genus: Phillyrea
Species / Cultivar: angustifolia
Common Name: narrow-leaved mock privet, jasmine box

Plant Biography

Phillyrea angustifolia, or narrow-leaved mock-privet, is an evergreen shrub or small tree that is native to the Mediterranean region. It typically grows to between 6 and 10 feet tall, with an upright, rounded habit. The foliage is made up of small, narrow, dark green leaves that are glossy on top and hairy underneath. The small white flowers appear in spring and are followed by black berries in the fall.

The Narrow-leaved Mock-Privet is widely used in landscaping and horticulture due to its easy maintenance, drought tolerance, and attractive foliage.

Phillyrea angustifolia
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 3m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Phillyrea angustifolia can be grown in a variety of soils and climates, but prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is also tolerant of salt spray and wind, making it a popular choice for coastal gardens.

Plant in early spring, in a full sun position to allow the plant to thrive. Water more frequently in the first season to allow the plant to grow a strong root system. Once established, the plant will be fairly drought resistant and thrive with little to no care.

Feed in spring with a balanced fertiliser and water more frequently in hot summers.

Prune twice a year to keep in check, if necessary, and to allow the plant to become bushier.

Plant trivia

You would not believe it, but the Phillyrea angustifolia has no connection to the common privet (Ligustrum ovatifolium), but it's rather closely related to the common olive tree (Olea europaea)! When fully established, it may come easy for the untrained eye to get the two species confused.

3 customer reviews for Phillyrea angustifolia

Delivered very quickly.well packaged. The plants are very healthy and a good size.

veronica m goldsmith (verified owner)

Arrived promptly and in great condition. I’d recommend The Palm Centre wholeheartedly.

Kevin Turner (verified owner)

We’re thrilled with the two plants we bought from The Palm Centre. Very well wrapped. Good delivery information. Great looking, healthy plants. Very impressed and will use you again.

Jenny Baxter (verified owner)