• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Grows 10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Grows 10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    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 PlantsThis creamy privet makes a fine background for sun loving color such as Nearly Wild Rose, (Rosa x 'Nearly Wild'), Black Knight Butterfly Bush, (Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'), Farmington Michaelmas Daisy, (Aster novi-belgii 'Baldco') and Velvet Cloak Smoke Tree,(Cotinus coggygria 'Velvet Cloak').
  • 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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    All privets fall into the olive family, Oleaceae. There are about 50 species in genus Ligustrum, mostly native to Asia and Australia, with a few exceptions in Europe and North Africa. This species is credited to Carl Thunberg, 1743-1828, who first identified the many of the plants of Japan while there as physician of the Dutch East India Company. It is native to Japan, Korea and in the northern Chinese mainland. Plants were not introduced into the west until 1845 by Dr. Philipp von Siebold, another famed Asian plant collector.
    Lore:
    Privet produce copious seed providing high bird habitat value for gardens.