UsesHedge, Shrub, Tree
Scientific Name Ligustrum lucidum
Cold HardinessCold Hardy to 22 degrees
Light NeedsFull to Partial Sun
Flower ColorNo Flower
Water NeedsDrought Tolerant
LeavesDark Green
Life – A/P lengthPerennial
Mature Height 18 Feet
Growth RateModerate
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A fine southern fixture, the Ligustrum can keep a shrub pattern for years, then as it matures it can be shaped into a handsome tree, with attractive “legs” supporting a wide canopy. One homeowner has these “trees” changing levels with the steps as you walk to her front door. Quite a lovely greeting. Rich, dark green evergreen leaves and a host of fabulous small flowers decorate the plant and if you decide to hedge them, it’s a treat to see their dense growth—almost makes you feel like you’re in a cozy woodland glade. They don’t grow fast, but they do grow thick, so you need to keep them pruned to keep them healthy and handsome.

They can also play a starring role along a cyclone fence to hide its utilitarian appearance. You only need to prune about every other year to keep them in line, because they do like to show off and grow like crazy.

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Buy at an Orlando Nursery near you

  • Pokey’s Lake Jem Citrus Nursery

    3259 N. Orange Blossom Trail Zellwood, FL 32798

    Only Fruit Trees, no shipping