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Waxleaf Ligustrum, Ligustrum japonicum

Common Name: Waxleaf Privet

Type: shrub

Family: Oleaceae

Zone: 7 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 10 feet

Width: 5 to 7 feet

Bloom Time: spring

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen  

Pruning: Prune ligustrum any time except during freezing weather. February or March is ideal.

This plant makes a great screen due to its fast growth and evergreen leaves. It is often overused by inexperienced landscapers and put in front of houses. Do not do this or you will be removing them some 5 years later or you will be trimming them every month, as they grow too big and too fast. It makes a great hedge away from the house.

If you are looking for something similar but a little shorter, look at the Otto Luyken Laurel. If you want something much shorter than you would be looking for Clethra alnifolia.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-23T20:09:11+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL