SelecTree: Tree Detail
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Susceptible to Texas root rot. Takes shearing. Waxy leaves help retain water and make it fire resistant. 'Variegatum' is a variegated form with white along the leaf margins.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Northern China, Korea, and Japan.
Additional Common Names
JAPANESE PRIVET, WAX-LEAF PRIVET
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 15 feet.
Width: 5 - 8 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Prolific, Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.
Bark Light Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Armillaria, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Special Uses & Values
Espalier, Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Ligustrum japonicum Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jul 11, 2020.
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