Japanese Privet, Wax Leaf Privet
Scientific Name: Ligustrum japonicum Thunb.
Synonym: Ligustrum texanum
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Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun, light shade during hottest spells to avoid sunburn
Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub to 12 feet tall, 8 feet wide (3.6 x 2.4 m) depending on variety
Watering Needs: Regular to abundant water, good salt tolerance
Propagation: Seeds, named varieties are propagated by softwood cuttings in spring, semi-hardwood cuttings at the end of the summer
Leaves and fruit are poisonous. It is a good looking bush, easy to trim for hedges or more unusual shapes.
- 'Rotundifolium': smaller variety with round leaves (up to 5 feet - 1.5m), needs some shade in Phoenix.
- 'Texanum': a good variety for the Phoenix area, lusher foliage, up to 9 feet tall (2.7 m)
- 'Suwannee River': hybrid of Ligustrum japonicum and L. lucidum. Slow-growing to 4 feet tall (1.2 m), 3 to 4 feet wide (0.9-1.2 m).
Sensitive to Texas root rot, but tolerates sand and salt spray. Can be pruned to shape easily.
The white blossom of the privet have a scent that many find slightly unpleasant.
Stratify the seeds for 3 months at the bottom of your fridge.