Ligustrum japonicum Texanum – Wax Leaf Privet Care and Information
A Ligustrum hedge is a great way to create privacy. Plant the Wax Leaf Privet in a row about 3 feet apart from each other. As long as they have good soil and proper drainage, they will do great in full sun and partially shaded areas. A ligustrum privacy hedge is a great way to easily block views, wind, noise or create a boundary.
Wax leaf privet grow at a moderate rate and are very hardy once they are established. They are great in areas where the winters are cold, they can withstand below freezing temperatures up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Their leaves can also withstand the burning summer heat waves. Ligustrums are so resilient that they are able to easily bounce back from a lack of water, please don’t test this. Water these plants deeply about twice per week. The frequency depends on the soil type and the weather conditions. The Wax Leaf Privet is attractive with many attributes. Some of those uses include deer resistance and fire defense.
Ligustrum can produce white flower blossoms late in spring. Although the blooms are quite showy, they are often trimmed off to keep a well-manicured hedge. The flowers can be trimmed before they open to prevent a messy cleanup. You can shape this hedge with an electric trimmer from time to time, but especially during the spring growth and flowering period. If not trimmed the flower can become little red berries in the Summer, but for proper maintenance, remove the flowers to prevent their fruit
Ligustrum is native to Japan, but the wax leaf privet is a species from Texas. Also, known as the “Texas Privet”, able to handle the hot summers and cold winters.