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Amur River Privet Hedge

Ligustrum amurensis

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: amurensis (am-or-EN-sis) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Keystone Heights, Florida

Bloomington, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Hersey, Michigan

Proctor, Vermont

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 27, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Amur Privet from northeast Asia probably is still the most common privet species in the upper Midwest and has been planted a good deal in the Northeast also. Its 1 to 2" long leaves are dull green and fall off in autumn with no pretty fall color. This species has purplish, hairy young stems in spring. It and a few other east Asian privets are so similar it is hard to tell them apart; (I think they should be all one species of different varieties). They all bear little white lilac-like flower clusters with a poor fragrance in late May-early June that are borne laterally on the twigs followed by black berries in fall. Their purpose is being cheap, fast growing shrubs for use as sheared hedges. Some larger nurseries sell plants balled and burlapped usually about 2 to 4 feet high, but most peo... read more


On Apr 17, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Vigorous hedge, very winter hardy for northern climates.