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Common Name: Privet
Ligustrum ovalifolium is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 4.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus is recorded as being mildly toxic and it is quite possible that other members of the genus also contain toxins[
E. Asia - Japan.
Thickets near the sea in C. and S. Japan[
A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil that is not impoverished[
]. Dislikes very alkaline soils[
]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in dark corners or places starved by tree roots[
]. Shade tolerant, established plants also tolerate drought[
Plants are hardy to about -15°c[
]. They can be cut back to the ground in very severe winters but usually resprout from the base[
]. Plants are often deciduous in cold winters, when grown in poor soils, near the coast or in an exposed position.
A moderately fast-growing plant[
], though it is also very greedy, robbing the surrounding soil of more nutrients and moisture than most hedging plants[
Some named forms have been developed for their ornamental value[
This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[
A very good hedge plant, succeeding in maritime exposure and in many difficult situations. Very amenable to heavy trimming but fairly slow growing, especially when in an exposed position[
]. It can take 9 - 10 years to make a 3 metres tall hedge in exposed positions[
]. The cultivars 'Aureum' and 'Argenteum' are especially recommended[
The seed does not require any pre-treatment and can be sown in the spring in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Very easy[
Cuttings of mature wood, 20 - 30cm in a sheltered outdoor bed in late autumn. High percentage[