Japanese Privet, Waxleaf Privet 'Variegatum'

Ligustrum japonicum

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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:

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Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.