Ligustrum japonicum

Waxleaf Privet, Japanese Privet

Many of the vigorous, fast-growing, evergreen or deciduous shrubs in this group are practically synonymous with the word "hedge". All can be clipped, pruned, and groomed into formal shapes or screens. Unclipped, they bloom in clusters of fragrant, creamy white flowers, which attract bees. Birds like the blue or black berries that follow the flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous to human beings, so keep small children away from them. Be sure of what you are buying, as many varieties look alike. Ligustrum ovalifolium (California Privet, called Common Privet in Great Britain), which tolerates some heat, and Ligustrum vulgare (Common Privet), which has lighter green leaves and tolerates dry soil, are often confused. They grow in almost any soil and in many climates, but most need lots of water. In the North, grow the cold-hardy Ligustrum amurense. In the South, plant the evergreen Ligustrum delavayanum. Most are pest- and disease-free.
Ligustrum japonicum, Waxleaf Privet, Japanese Privet
Glossy, smooth-edged, dark green leaves make this dense hedge popular. Fragrant flowers are followed by blue-black berries. Reaches 8 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide.

Attributes - Ligustrum japonicum

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 8 ft. to 10 ft.

Width: 7 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Poisonous, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Aphids, Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Scales.

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Ligustrum japonica Texanum 'Aureum', Ligustrum japonicum 'Silver Star', Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum', Ligustrum lucidum, Ligustrum sinense 'Variegatum', Ligustrum vicaryi, Ligustrum vulgare, Ligustrum vulgare 'Aureum'
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