...of Ligustrum recurvifolium SUR Although most commonly used for hedging (it can be cut back hard in winter and can be sculpted to any size or shape), wavy leaf privet is also used to create a fast-growing screen, a specimen plant and will also thrive ... dogs around as they are poisonous. Any heavy pruning should be carried out in the winter. Winter is also the best time to transplant it if necessary. All privets are easily propagated from cuttings from softwood in the spring or hardwood in the ... winter. Softwood cuttings usually root quicker, sometimes ready to be transplanted by early summer whereas hard wood cuttings take longer and are best with a ‘heel’ of the main stem attached.