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PlantFiles: California Privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: ovalifolium (o-val-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative lynndelaney On Mar 17, 2008, lynndelaney from Oakland, CA wrote:

Recently, in the last two years my Privet has started turning up brown and black leaves, then losing leaves during the cooler months of the Bay Area, California. Any suggestions?

Neutral GloryRaptor On Jun 12, 2003, GloryRaptor from Rocklin, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

These plants seem to have a never-ending supply of suckers, which constantly spring up all over the yard. Granted, I don't know a thing about gardening and haven't done anything to prevent them, but I thought it worth mentioning since no one more knowledgable had.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canoga Park, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Oakland, California
Clarkston, Georgia

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