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Ligustrum japonicum/Wax Leaf Ligustrum

Ligustrum japonicum / Ligustrum japonicum
Tree forms of considerable age
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Tree forms of considerable age

An old favorite for clipped hedges

Clipped privacy hedge may require pruning a couple of times annually

Growth extends all the way to the ground

Clipped tree (standards) forms

Large mass of wax leaf ligustrum

Lends itself for clipping into geometric forms

Many people are highly allergic to the pollen from ligustrum flowers

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Scientific Name: Ligustrum japonicum
Common Name: Wax Leaf Ligustrum
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants with Fragrance
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Commonly used as a clipped or unclipped hedge, as a topiary, and in large containers. It can be trained as a small evergreen tree. It is a good choice for the urban landscape since it is heat and drought tolerant. The fruit is eaten by birds, particularly the American Goldfinch.