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Ligustrum lucidum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Chinese privet

Family

Oleaceae


Ligustrum can be decidous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and panicles of small, often unpleasantly scented white flowers in spring or summer, followed by black or deep purple berries

L. lucidum is a small evergreen tree with broadly oval, glossy leaves to 15cm in length, and small, creamy-white flowers in panicles to 15cm in length in summer and early autumn. Fruit a small black berry, seldom formed

Other common names

  • Chinese wax tree
  • glossy privet
  • shining-leaved privet
  • white wax tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by taking semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 in summer

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, scale insects, leaf miners and thrips

Diseases

Generally disease free