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Border privet

Ligustrum obtusifolium

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: obtusifolium (ob-too-sih-FOH-lee-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Time:

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This plant is resistant to deer

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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

I have not ever seen this exact species from Japan. It is one of several species of East Asian privets that are deciduous to semi-evergreen that are hard to tell apart being also the Amur and California Privets. A hybrid of this species and the California Privet, the Ibolium Privet, Ligustrum x ibolium, is sometimes planted. The twigs of Border Privet are green and hairy in spring. The variety of L. obtusifolium regalianum, the Regal's Privet, is a shorter, spreading form about 5-6 feet high x 6-8 feet wide that is sometimes sold by nurseries as balled and burplapped. If anyone finds this straight species, it becomes a large, straggly shrub with some sharp spurs, would be used as a sheared hedge, and it would be invasive into the wild of North America like the others.


On Feb 6, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have been digging the roots of this plant for the past 20 years. The hedge I had to remove was clearly never successful. It is invasive.