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Wavy Leaf Ligustrum Recurvifolia
Recurvifolia Ligustrum is a tough and adaptable fast-growing evergreen shrub which makes an excellent hedge or small tree. More details below!!

Wavy Leaf Ligustrum Recurvifolia

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Wavy Leaf Ligustrum
Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Ligustrum variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Recurve Ligustrum, Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium', is a tough and adaptable fast-growing evergreen flowering shrub which makes an excellent hedge or attractive small tree. Fragrant white flower clusters are produced in abundance during spring followed by black berries that are enjoyed by the birds. The arrow-shaped, dark green leaves are waxy and wavy, providing a nice texture in the landscape. This plant can be left to grow naturally to 10 feet or so in height and width or can be clipped as a hedge to a minimum height of about 5 feet tall and wide.  




Landscape & Garden Uses

If you're looking to create a quick privacy screen or natural or clipped hedge, it doesn't get much better than the Wavy Leaf Ligustrum. This shrub can be left to grow naturally to 10 feet or so in height, or responds very well to shearing for hedges that can be maintained at 5 feet or more in height. Remove lower branches and you have a handsome evergreen flowering tree that serves well as a focal point specimen anywhere in the sunny landscape. A fine addition to fragrance gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).




Cultural Preferences

Wavy Leaf Ligustrum is exceptionally easy to grow in a wide range of soils provided they are well-drained. It prefers a moist but well drained soil in full sun to light shade. Plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established and highly resistant to deer, disease, heat, humidity, and insects. No pruning necessary, however can be pruned as a formal hedge or small tree.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts for how to plant and care for Ligustrum and Privet shrubs.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  5-12', depending on pruning
Width at Maturity: 5-10' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4-6' for solid hedges;  12'  or more for space between plants with no pruning
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Glossy Dark green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
Sun Needs:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Moderately Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, Average to High if grown as clipped hedge
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect



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