Fast-growing and tolerant to various conditions, ligustrum trees or shrubs make a good selection for tropical and subtropical gardens. Several ligustrum varieties range from the classic dark leaf shrub to the more exotic lemon-lime foliage of the ligustrum lucidiem. All ligustrums enjoy full sun but also do well with some partial shade. In the spring, they flower, attracting bees and other pollinators.
Ligustrums do well when planted in most soils. They naturally prefer well-draining soil for optimum health and growth. These plants grow a very tight fibrous root system, so plantings under the tree should be done when the tree is initially planted. After several years, when the tree becomes established, it will be increasingly difficult to dig holes to plant under the ligustrum tree or in front of a hedge of these evergreens. Trim regularly to ensure the plant maintains the desired height and shape. Fertilize the plant three times a year with an all-purpose fertilizer.
Some of our favorites: Ligustrum sinensis, Ligustrum lucidiem, Ligustrum howardii
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Dense foliage, deep, green shiny leaf
Water daily until established, then water as needed
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Direct sun, some shade
6-15 feet tall and about 4-8 feet wide, depending on the variety
In zones 6 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
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