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Ligustrum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Japanese Privet, Wax-Leaf Privet
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries


Most widely used as hedges, though one type is a street tree; can also be clipped into formal shapes and featured in tubs or large pots. All bear abundant, showy clusters of white to creamy white flowers in late spring or early summer (some people find the scent unpleasant). Flowers attract bees. Clipped hedges bloom less heavily, since shearing removes most of the flower-bearing branches. Blossoms are followed by small blue-black berries; birds eat them, thus distributing seeds. Most privets grow well in any soil.

Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum)
Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum)

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Ligustrum japonicum

From Northern China, Korea, Japan. Grows 10 to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide, with dense, compact habit. Roundish oval leaves are 2 to 4 in. long, with a thick, slightly spongy feel; they are glossy medium to dark green above, distinctly paler to almost whitish beneath. Excellent plant for hedges or screens and for pruning into globes, pyramids, and other shapes. With lower limbs pruned off, also makes an attractive small standard tree. Sunburns in hot spells. In areas where there is hardpan or where Texas root rot prevails, grow it in containers.


Leaves have creamy white margins and blotches.

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