California privet is a popular hedge plant that is frequently grown in mass plantings along home boundaries where it acts as a privacy screen and windbreak. When planning your hedge line, allow a foot of space between each plant. Don't worry about gaps, these plants grow rapidly and the hedge line will quickly fill in. California privet reaches its full height and potential when sited in full sun and in well-draining soils. Plan to water plants regularly throughout the summer months to ensure that the evergreen leaves do not drop off. Though California privets are flowering hedges, most growers sheer the plants to make practical use of the hedges' dense form. The tight growing habit and small, elliptical leaves provide good cover and shade. The plants are rapid growers and thrive in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10. The plants require little maintenance, other than shearing twice during the growing season. Even when shearing regularly, the plants strive to meet their mature height of 15 feet, with mature shrubs achieving a 15 foot spread. Native to Japan, California privets are drought tolerant and if flowers are allowed to bloom, they will attract butterflies. The California privet's small berries, or drupes, are described as showy and accent the plant's green and yellow leaves which are oval and glossy. If you are not interested in cultivating the plant's blooms or fruit, then shear the hedges back in the spring. Appropriate for formal gardens, privets are often seen lining estate driveways or marking boundaries where a fence would disrupt the area's aesthetic appeal. Despite its formal use in rural settings, the plants are a good choice for urban gardens, homes and other dense areas as they can tolerant poor soils and a lack of water. However, planting in moist conditions is not recommended.