Deciduous Flowering

Ligustrum sp.

Common Name:

Ligustrum or Privet

General Information:

Ligustrum, or Privet are found in many species and cultivars with a diversity of leaf colours, leaf forms and growth habits. All are tolerant of heavy pruning. The white flowers are attractive during late spring and early summer.




Part shade to full sun


Zones 7 - 11.


Adequate water to keep from drying out and remaining dry.


General purpose fertilizer.

Pruning and wiring:

Branching can be encouraged by pinching the stems.


Cuttings, grafting and seeds.


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:

L. japonicum, Japanese or wax privet.

L. lucidum, Glossy privet. Rapid growing

L. sinense, Chinese privet

L. sinense ‘Variegata’ has small white to yellowish variegated leaves 1 1/2 to 3 inches.

L. japonicum var. roundifolium, also called L. recurvifolium is slow growing, upright with round leaves.


University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Fact Sheet OH-45

Compiled by Thomas L. Zane