• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 7 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Hedge Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:li-GUS-trum ja-PON-i-kum
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 8 to 10 ft. tall, 5 to 7 ft. wide.
    Special features:Attracts Birds, Easy Care
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleContemporary
    Design IdeasFast growth and tall stature make this an ideal plant for screen hedges. Shear to encourage more dense growth or let it grow naturally. When sheared, good for side-yard screens or as garden partitions for disguising tennis courts and utility yards. Also a great candidate for simple topiary forms such as spheres and squares if clipped from infancy. May be grown in large pots for very formal topiary effects.
    Companion PlantsTry this big beauty as a background for sizable flowering shrubs such as Bob Hope Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica 'Bob Hope'). Or, in sunnier spots, try as a crisply sheared hedge with Smooth Satin Thornless Hybrid Tea Rose (Rosa 'Smooth Satin') and Smooth Angel (Rosa 'Smooth Angel'). To dress up the base of a Japanese Privet hedge, plant a dense linear mass of Starburst Salmon Evergreen Daylily (Hemerocallis hybrids 'Monon') and the soft blue Headbourne Hybrids Bell Agapanthus (Agapanthus campanulatus 'Headbourne Hybrids').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Privet produce copious seed providing high bird habitat value for gardens.