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Ligustrum japonicum - Thunb.
                 
Common Name Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf Privet
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, at least one member of this genus is recorded as being mildly toxic and it is quite possible that other members of the genus also contain toxins[65].
Habitats Woods and thickets in lowland and hills, C. and S. Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early spring, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal, Vase.

Ligustrum japonicum Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf  Privet


Ligustrum japonicum Japanese Privet, Japanese Ligustrum, Waxleaf Ligustrum, Texas Privet, Waxleaf  Privet
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Physical Characteristics
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Ligustrum japonicum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

The roasted seed is a coffee substitute[61, 177]. Young shoots - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[179]. The shoots contain a glycoside and are probably toxic[K].
Medicinal Uses


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Antibacterial;  Hypotensive;  Tonic.

The fruit is said to be a nutrient tonic[218]. Extracts of the plant show antibacterial, antiulcer and hypotensive activity[218].
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Wax.

A commercial insect wax is produced on the branches as a result of eggs being laid by insects[11]. Another report says that the wax is produced by the plant due to the stimulation of the feeding insects[61, 149]. Yet another report says that the wax is produced by the insects[178]. It is used for candles and as a polish for earthenware pots, book edges etc[178]. The plant can be used as a hedge[11]. It is very amenable to trimming.
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Pest tolerant, Rock garden, Screen, Standard, Seashore, Specimen. A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil that is not impoverished or water-logged[11, 182]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188]. Closely related to L. lucidum[11, 200]. There are many named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
The seed does not require any pre-treatment and can be sown in the spring in a cold frame[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy[78]. Cuttings of mature wood, 20 - 30cm in a sheltered outdoor bed in November/December. High percentage[78].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ligustrum delavayanum 00
Ligustrum indicum 10
Ligustrum lucidumChinese Privet, Glossy privet, White Wax Tree, Tree Ligustrum13
Ligustrum obtusifoliumBorder privet20
Ligustrum ovalifoliumPrivet, California privet00
Ligustrum sinenseChinese Privet01
Ligustrum vulgarePrivet, European privet , Common Privet01
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Elizabeth H.
Janie Grace Thu May 8 2008
How often does the Ligustrum japonicum need trimming? Does any body know? And how wide does it grow?
Barbara M.
May 11 2017 12:00AM
Can a flower essence be made from this? Do you know the energetic vibrations?
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