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LIGUSTRUM japonicum 'Texanum'
Japanese Privet, Texanum Japanese Privet
Privets are the most reliable evergreen hedge material in the warm south and west due to their size, foliage density and tolerance of humidity. The parent species of this Texas hybrid is native to Japan, Northern China and Korea. These shrubs can reach the size of a small tree with fine twigs bearing large waxy bright green leaves. ‘Texanum’ is shorter than the species and possibly more compact overall, making a better shrub or hedge candidate.
Privets bloom in spring or early summer with fluffy white flowers that emit a pungent fragrance some find unpleasant. These mature into black berries over summer which are highly attractive to songbirds. Berries persist into fall when birds help to spread them around the garden. Bird carried seed self sows and can be a nuisance when seedlings invade a yard. To avoid berries and seeds as well as maintaining the uniformity of a hedge, some gardeners trim off the flowers altogether. Use this privet to create formal hedges or allow it to grow unclipped to create more naturalistic barriers. It is also a popular topiary candidate in ground or in pots. This is an ideal plant for urban conditions due to tolerance of drought, salt and pollution.
10 - 7
7 - 10
H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
China, Japan, Korea
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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