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Japanese Privet, Wax Leaf Privet
Scientific Name: Ligustrum japonicum Thunb.
Synonym: Ligustrum texanum
Family: Oleaceae
Japanese Privet, Wax Leaf Privet (Ligustrum  japonicum) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-31
USDA: 8-10

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).

Ligustrum japonicum 'texanum'

Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum), U.S.D.A. Forest Service Collection, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute

Cultural Practices:
Sensitive to Texas root rot, but tolerates sand and salt spray. Can be pruned to shape easily.

Blooming Habits:
The white blossom of the privet have a scent that many find slightly unpleasant.

Fruiting Habits:

Stratify the seeds for 3 months at the bottom of your fridge.

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