Ligustrum japonicum

Japanese privet

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub



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Plant details

A good choice for a smart evergreen shrub flowering in late summer. It has a good, thick covering of shiny, dark green leaves all year, it makes a very effective background for the white flowers which are followed by shiny black fruit. Use in hedges or to break up a long border, giving climbers something to sprint over. Give a late winter trim for shape; if clipping hedges in late summer you'll lose the flowers.

Genus: Ligustrum

Species: japonicum

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 240cm

Time to plant: September to October

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