Waxleaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by RonTN on Dec 1, 2018 4:13 PM

I have two specimens in Zone 7b that are about 25 years old. They are about 8' wide and 18' high. They shed leaves year round and cleaning up around them has become a lot of work.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Morgan Hill, CA) on Jun 29, 2020 5:18 PM

The bees have started to come to my tiny little flowers!

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