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LIGUSTRUM japonicum 'Texanum'

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Family

Oleaceae

Botanical Name

LIGUSTRUM japonicum 'Texanum'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Privet, Texanum Japanese Privet

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes