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Curly leaf ligustrum

Ligustrum japonicum

Curly leaf ligustrum is a plant which belongs to the Ligustrum genus.

Smaller than straight species. 3’ to 5’ tall and 2’ to 3’ wide. Grows in an upright habit with each plant having an individual shape.Good plant for narrow areas. Has an oriental look. Grows in sun or part shade and is drought tolerant. Hardy to zone 7.

It is an ornamental and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. Curly leaf ligustrum is known for growing to a height of approximately 4.94 feet (that's 1.52 metres in metric) with a bush-like habit.

Japan is believed to be where Curly leaf ligustrum originates from.

As Curly leaf ligustrum is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

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How to grow Curly leaf ligustrum

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This is an upright dense, bushy, evergreen shrub most often used for shrub borders and hedging. It is slow-growing with stiff branches. Leaves are leathery and dark black-green and rounded, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long. Creamy white fragrant flowers are held in pyrimidal panicles to 2 to 3 inches long, followed by round dull black fruit. Clip hedges twice in summer. It grows to 4 to 6 feet in height.

Position in a partial sun / full sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is clay and has a ph of between 5.5 and 8.0 as Curly leaf ligustrum is a weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Curly leaf ligustrum is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Curly leaf ligustrum to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Curly leaf ligustrum from seed

Transplanting Curly leaf ligustrum

Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and deep enough to plant at the same level the shrub was in the container. If soil is poor, dig hole even wider and fill with a mixture half original soil and half compost or soil amendment.

Carefully remove shrub from container and gently separate roots. Position in center of hole, best side facing forward. Fill in with original soil or an amended mixture if needed as described above. For larger shrubs, build a water well. Finish by mulching and watering well.

If the plant is balled-and-burlapped, remove fasteners and fold back the top of natural burlap, tucking it down into hole, after you’ve positioned shrub. Make sure that all burlap is buried so that it won’t wick water away from rootball during hot, dry periods. If synthetic burlap, remove if possible. If not possible, cut away or make slits to allow for roots to develop into the new soil. For larger shrubs, build a water well. Finish by mulching and watering well.

If shrub is bare-root, look for a discoloration somewhere near the base; this mark is likely where the soil line was. If soil is too sandy or too clayey, add organic matter. This will help with both drainage and water holding capacity. Fill soil, firming just enough to support shrub. Finish by mulching and watering well.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Curly leaf ligustrum is a hardy plant.

Common Curly leaf ligustrum problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Curly leaf ligustrum plants:

Other names for Curly leaf ligustrum

Japanese privet

Ligustrum japonicum Thunb.

Curly leaf ligustrum care instructions

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