Ligustrum japonicum 'Variegatum'Item #0921 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Shiny, leathery green leaves have creamy white edges and blotches. A very versatile landscape plant for hedges, foundation plantings, topiary or screens. Hard to beat for adding form, adaptability and color contrast to the landscape. Evergreen.
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Grows 10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhiteDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.