The Q&A Archives: Waxleaf Ligustrum Japonicum Texanum

Question: I purchased a home which has Waxleaf ligustrum which is about 2 feet by two feet at this point. They were planted about twenty inches from our home and are being used as a foundation hedge. Question is can this be pruned and kept as a nice hegde and how what is the least height that I can keep them pruned without harming the plant? Also is this a good choice for this purpose.

Answer: Waxleaf Ligustrum is an evergreen shrub with an upright, dense, and vigorous growth habit. This shrub makes a nice sheared hedge but can also be used as a small tree if trimmed up. The leaves are dark green, leathery and a obovate, oblong shape. From spring to early summer it produces panicles of fragrant white flowers in panicles which are followed by round black fruit in the fall. Ligustrum is heat, drought, salt, and pollution tolerant, making it an excellent choice for a variety of different landscape situations. Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' is very similar to the species only it has a more compact and dense growth habit and grows 6-9' in height. To keep your plants from encroaching on the house you'll need to prune them back annually. As long as you don't allow them to become quite overgrown and then attempt to reduce their size, your waxleaf should be fine as a foundation plant.


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