|Japanese Privet / Wax-Leaf Privet||(Ligustrum japonicum)||F,S,W ^|
| do not overwater, yet do not dry out; too wet soil will result in root rot; subject to scale; roots grow fast and fine; “Clip and Grow” is the preferred method of training; cut scars and wire scars heal slowly; wiring takes several seasons to position a branch; broken but attached branches said to heal O.K.; propagate from cuttings of any size. [Oleaceae; Lamiales] SEE ALSO BCI Plant Sheet.
General Information: Ligustrum, or Privet are found in many species and cultivars with a diversity of leaf colors, leaf forms and growth habits. All are tolerant of heavy pruning. The white flowers are attractive during late spring and early summer.
Lighting: Part shade to full sun sun
Temperature: Zones 7 – 11.
Watering: Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.
Feeding: General purpose fertilizer.
Pruning and wiring: Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems.
Propagation: Cuttings, grafting and seeds.
Repotting: The tree needs annual repotting. Not particular about the type of soil, however it should be well drained.
Pests and diseases: Aphids, scale, white fly and spider mites. Diseases include leaf spot and root rot.
Some species suitable for bonsai:
Compiled by Thomas L. Zane