The genus Ligustrum, also known by the common name of privet, offers over 50 species, of which there are deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen. We have categorized them as evergreen here because the ligustrums we carry are evergreen or semi-evergreen. Around here, we have all seen the naturalized privets growing aggressively in old fence rows of established neighborhoods or fought privet seedlings from a neighbor’s plants. HOWEVER, the ligustrums that we carry are not those privets!
Variegated privet (semi-evergreen) is a lovely plant with small variegated yellow and light green leaves on arching branches, providing a wonderful fine texture to landscapes, screens and containers. Waxleaf ligustrum is an evergreen large shrub that may be limbed up into a small multi-trunk tree and features fragrant, white flowers. Sunshine ligustrum is much smaller in size and offers bright yellow foliage that works well as a contrast to burgundy or green foliage plants.
- Sun to Part Sun
- Plant in well-drained soil
- Fragrant flowers
Landscape features vary with specific species and variety.