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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)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

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

Regional

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

Canoga Park, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Oakland, California

Clarkston, Georgia

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative

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? lynndelaney2002@yahoo.com

Neutral

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.