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Ligustrum lucidum - W.T.Aiton.
                 
Common Name Chinese Privet, Glossy privet, White Wax Tree, Tree Ligustrum
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The fruit is mildly toxic[238]. Although no other reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, it is quite probable that other parts of the plant also contain toxins[65].
Habitats Roadsides and in river valleys[109]. Woods below 2900 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

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

Ligustrum lucidum Chinese Privet, Glossy privet, White Wax Tree, Tree  Ligustrum


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Ligustrum lucidum Chinese Privet, Glossy privet, White Wax Tree, Tree  Ligustrum
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Physical Characteristics
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Ligustrum lucidum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft) by 3 m (9ft) 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, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. 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 full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Hedge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

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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Anodyne;  Antiseptic;  Antitumor;  Cardiotonic;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Miscellany;  
Ophthalmic;  Pectoral;  Tonic;  Vulnerary.

Chinese privet has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 1,000 years[238]. The fruit is antibacterial, antiseptic, antitumour, cardiotonic, diuretic and tonic[147, 176, 178, 238]. It is taken internally in the treatment of complaints associated with weak kidney and liver energy such as menopausal problems (especially premature menopause), blurred vision, cataracts, tinnitus, rheumatic pains, palpitations, backache and insomnia[147, 238]. Modern research has shown that the plant increases the white blood cell count and is of value when used to prevent bone marrow loss in cancer chemotherapy patients[176, 178, 238], it also has potential in the treatment of AIDS[238]. Extracts of the plant show antitumour activity[218]. Good results have also been achieved when the fruit has been used in treating respiratory tract infections, hypertension, Parkinson's disease and hepatitis[238]. The fruit is harvested when fully ripe and is dried for later use[238]. It is often decocted with other herbs in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments and also as a general tonic[218]. Some caution is advised in their use, since the fruits are toxic when eaten in quantity[238]. The leaves are anodyne, diaphoretic, febrifuge, pectoral and vulnerary[218]. The bark of the stems is diaphoretic[218].
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Miscellany;  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]. 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:Pest tolerant, Screen, Specimen. A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil that is not impoverished or water-logged[11, 182]. Dislikes strongly alkaline soils[202]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Succeeds in full sun and also in deep shade[202]. Very tolerant of atmospheric pollution[1, 11]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[202]. A moderately fast-growing plant[202]. It is very tolerant of trimming and will regrow even from very old stems if it is cut back hard[202]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named varieties[202]. The variegated cultivars are best grown in full sun[238]. This plant is a symbol of chastity in China[178]. Closely related to L. japonicum[200]. This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Attracts birds, Not North American native, Invasive, 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 :
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Ligustrum ovalifoliumPrivet, California privet00
Ligustrum sinenseChinese Privet01
Ligustrum vulgarePrivet, European privet , Common Privet01
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