I have a big old chunk of a privet stump that has not been styled to date. I had one of those learning experiences with it recently. You know the type. The kind where you think, huh, glad it’s not dead. 

I suspect this plant does not like neem oil. I gave it a good spraying at the end of August and a week later most of the leaves turned gray-brown and dropped. The picture above is from a couple weeks after that showing the damaged leaves that survived next to new growth that was pushing out. 

I’d love to know if anyone has had a similar experience. I the meantime, I’m glad it pulled through. It should be a fun project sometime soon.