About Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’ (Waxleaf Privet)
Native to Japan, this evergreen shrub is known as Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’. A slower grower of this species, this variety reaches an average landscape size of 6-8′ x 4-6′. Densely packed with glossy green leaves, clusters of tiny white flowers emerge throughout the spring and summer seasons attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Following its blooming period, green berries emerge that mature from blue to black. While its berries are not recommended for human consumption, these berries are welcomed treats for passing birds.
Planting and care instructions
Plant your Waxleaf Privet in an area that receives full to partial sun using an average well-draining soil. Water regularly after planting to establish a healthy root system then reduce the frequency unless during periods of extreme heat. This is an excellent shrub for those who would like their shrubs cut to a particular shape as this variety can be trained to most forms. The winter hardiness of this plant can withstand temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Landscape design ideas
Ligustrum japonicum ‘Texanum’ can make a great property line barrier as an alternative to installing a fence. It can be easily trained into most forms and can be trimmed to frame entryways or planted between exterior windows.