|Ligustrum, Wax||Evergreen — Sun/Part Shade|
|Ligustrum japonicum||Height 10'-15' Spread 8'-10'|
|li-GUS-trum ja-PON-eh-cum||Spacing 3’-4’|
HABIT: Glossy leaves, blue berries in winter. Very fragrant white flowers in late spring. Usually multi trunked but single stem plants available at nurseries. Native to the Orient.
CULTURE: Any soil and condition as long as drainage is good. Light shearing or pick pruning in March and July is helpful to keep the plant compact.
USES: Ornamental tree, screen, tall border, background plant.
PROBLEMS: Whiteflies, cotton root rot. Freeze damage in severe winters.
NOTES: Wax leaf has been grossly misused as a foundation planting or low hedge. I also think pyramid, poodle and globe shaped pruning is a silly thing to do with this plant.
Wax ligustrum, close