Variegated Privet

Ligustrum japonicum 'Variegatum'

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.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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LorePrivet produce copious seed providing high bird habitat value for gardens.
Average Size at MaturityGrows 10 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean
Growth Habit14
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePoolside, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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