Ligustrum - Hariot.
Common Name
Family Oleaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
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 Thickets and streamsides, 1000 - 2600 metres in W. China[109]. Thickets or woods on slopes at elevations of 500 - 3700 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - W. China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

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Physical Characteristics
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Ligustrum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen from Aug to December. 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.

L. ionandrum. L. prattii.

Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Makes a very good medium-sized hedge in the milder areas of the country[29, 182].
Cultivation details
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 full sun, dappled woodland shade or the full shade of a wall[182]. Plants are not fully hardy outside the milder areas of Britain[11]. This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
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 obtusifoliumBorder privet20
Ligustrum ovalifoliumPrivet, California privet00
Ligustrum sinenseChinese Privet01
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