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PlantFiles: Japanese Privet, Waxleaf Privet
Ligustrum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: japonicum (juh-PON-ih-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegatum

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
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
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JohnTS71 On Apr 30, 2010, JohnTS71 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My plants came with my new house. Now 3 years, they went out of control blooming! it literally looked like snow on top of the bushes when all the flowers came out. The scent was like a perfume. Flowers do attract bees! so be careful. I got 5 of them and with an electric trimmer, they have formed a nice hedge.

Positive Ms_Carolina On Jul 8, 2006, Ms_Carolina from Lexington, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

We had at least six of these planted in our yard when we purchased our home nearly two years ago. We both love this privet as it looks light and airy during our hot summer months. The fragrance of the tiny flowers is actually soft and slightly sweet, which we like. We plan to add more of these in the back of our pond and gardens. Our experience has been that if you trim it back a bit, it will fill out quite nicely.

Positive Bo_C_Fish On Jun 9, 2006, Bo_C_Fish from Webster, FL wrote:

I've seen this plant grown as a hedge, being careful to trim wider at the bottom to allow sun for bottom branches. It is denser with more light. There were three on my property when I moved in. Two died, I'm not sure why. The remaining one is beautiful. I have stopped trimming and allowed it to be a small tree (8'). Blooms when not trimmed. Blooms smell funny. My remaining plant is 10 years old. It is growing in full shade.

Neutral vossner On Apr 23, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted this several years ago to hide an A/C. It has become leggy and of course, you can see the A/C. I have underplanted azaleas in an effort to fill in the gaps. I had never seen a bloom on this shurb until today, barely noticeable in the middle of pic posted above.


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

Irvine, California
San Francisco, California
Webster, Florida
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Lexington, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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