Japanese Privet / Wax-Leaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum) F,S,W ^

      do not overwater, yet do not dry out; too wet soil will result in root rot; subject to scale; roots grow fast and fine; “Clip and Grow” is the preferred method of training; cut scars and wire scars heal slowly; wiring takes several seasons to position a branch; broken but attached branches said to heal O.K.; propagate from cuttings of any size.   [Oleaceae; Lamiales]     SEE ALSO BCI Plant Sheet.


Ligustrum – Ligustrum sp.

General Information: Ligustrum, or Privet are found in many species and cultivars with a diversity of leaf colors, leaf forms and growth habits. All are tolerant of heavy pruning. The white flowers are attractive during late spring and early summer.

Family: Oleaceae

Lighting: Part shade to full sun sun

Temperature: Zones 7 – 11.

Watering: Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.

Feeding: General purpose fertilizer.

Pruning and wiring: Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems.

Propagation: Cuttings, grafting and seeds.

Repotting: The tree needs annual repotting. Not particular about the type of soil, however it should be well drained.

Pests and diseases: Aphids, scale, white fly and spider mites. Diseases include leaf spot and root rot.

Some species suitable for bonsai:
L. japonicum, Japanese or wax privet.
L. lucidum, Glossy privet. Rapid growing
L. sinense, Chinese privet
L. sinense ‘Variegata’ has small white to yellowish variegated leves 1 1/2 to 3 inches.
L. japonicum var. roundifolium, also called L. recurvifolium is slow growing, upright with round leaves.

University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Fact Sheet OH-45

Compiled by Thomas L. Zane