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Ligustrum japonicum - Thunb.

Common Name Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf Privet
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus is recorded as being mildly toxic and it is quite possible that other members of the genus also contain toxins[65].
Habitats Woods and thickets in lowland and hills, C. and S. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ligustrum japonicum Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf  Privet


Ligustrum japonicum Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf  Privet
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early spring, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal, Vase.


Physical Characteristics

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Ligustrum japonicum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Coffee

The roasted seed is a coffee substitute[61, 177]. Young shoots - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[179]. The shoots contain a glycoside and are probably toxic[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antibacterial  Hypotensive  Tonic

The fruit is said to be a nutrient tonic[218]. Extracts of the plant show antibacterial, antiulcer and hypotensive activity[218].

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Wax

A commercial insect wax is produced on the branches as a result of eggs being laid by insects[11]. Another report says that the wax is produced by the plant due to the stimulation of the feeding insects[61, 149]. Yet another report says that the wax is produced by the insects[178]. It is used for candles and as a polish for earthenware pots, book edges etc[178]. The plant can be used as a hedge[11]. It is very amenable to trimming.

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Pest tolerant, Rock garden, Screen, Standard, Seashore, Specimen. A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil that is not impoverished or water-logged[11, 182]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188]. Closely related to L. lucidum[11, 200]. There are many named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

The seed does not require any pre-treatment and can be sown in the spring in a cold frame[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy[78]. Cuttings of mature wood, 20 - 30cm in a sheltered outdoor bed in November/December. High percentage[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Ligustrum delavayanum Shrub3.0 6-9  LMHFSNM00 
Ligustrum indicum Shrub3.0 -  LMHSNM10 
Ligustrum lucidumChinese Privet, Glossy privet, White Wax Tree, Tree LigustrumShrub10.0 8-11 MLMHFSNM130
Ligustrum obtusifoliumBorder privetShrub3.0 4-7 MLMHSNM200
Ligustrum ovalifoliumPrivet, California privetShrub4.0 4-8 MLMHFSNDM000
Ligustrum sinenseChinese PrivetShrub3.0 7-10 MLMHSNM010
Ligustrum vulgarePrivet, European privet , Common PrivetShrub3.0 4-7 MLMHSNDM010

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Janie Grace   Thu May 8 2008

How often does the Ligustrum japonicum need trimming? Does any body know? And how wide does it grow?

   May 11 2017 12:00AM

Can a flower essence be made from this? Do you know the energetic vibrations?

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