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Ligustrum lucidum (Ligustrum, Japanese)

Ligustrum, Japanese

Privit, Japanese

Ligustrum lucidum

Native to Japan, this fast grower is recognized as a strong candidate for poor-soil and drought-prone landscapes. The dull-green leaves have a distinct pointed tip, and are arranged opposite on the stems that quickly shoot up from the base in several directions. Naturally forms an large open habit shrub,  but is easily pruned into a small tree. It is not uncommon to find it pruned into topiary shapes, although Waxleaf Ligustrum would be a more ideal choice.

Large clusters up to eight inches in length appear in the spring, bearing slightly fragrant white flowers. They are followed by green berries in the summer, turning dark blue to black for the winter.  Birds feast on the berries, and then distribute the seeds across the area. Due to the ease of germination, Japanese Ligustrum spreads quickly.

If planting in a row, remember Japanese Ligustrum can reach widths of 15 feet. Although drought tolerant, leaves will droop, but spring back after receiving water. No notable plant disease issues. 

Large Screen
Small Tree

Flower Color:

Pale Yellow



18-25 Feet



10-15 Feet

Interesting Notes

Seeds are poisonous

USDA Hardiness Zone 7a

Available Sizes:

Item Description
LIG-JAP-05 #005 LIGUSTRUM, JAPANESE View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs