Published On: Sun, Aug 28th, 2016

Let’s See If a Ligustrum Japonicum Can Survive the Potter With No Luck

There’s this one potter, set against the house, where very little if any direct sunlight reaches.  The last plant there, the Persian Lilac, started out well but started to die the slow death.  So, I went to Old City Farm and Guild instead of the department store nurseries this time, in hopes of getting some guidance of what I could plant that would survive.

They suggested a Ligustrum Japonicum.

Ligustrum Japonicum
Ligustrum Japonicum

Ligustrum japonicum, known as wax-leaf privet or Japanese privet is a species of Ligustrum (privet) native to central and southern Japan and Korea. It’s widely cultivated in other regions, and is naturalized in California and in the southeastern United States from Texas to Virginia.

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 2–5 meters tall, with smooth, pale grey-brown bark on the stems. The leaves are opposite, 5–10 cm long and 2–5 cm broad, glossy dark green above, paler glaucous to yellowish green below, thick and leathery textured, and with an entire margin. The flowers are white, with a four-lobed corolla 5–6 mm long; they are borne in clusters 7–15 cm long in early summer. The fruit is an oval drupe, 10 mm long, ripening purple-black with a glaucous waxy bloom in early winter; in Japan they are popularly likened to mouse or rat droppings.

One of the differences this time when planting a plant is using compost.  I’ve been buying garden soil, usually whatever was on sale, some mulch, and maybe, just maybe, some sort of fertilizer or something advertised as helpful in the growth of plants.  But the guy at Old City Farm and Guild highly recommended using compost, so let’s see what if it makes a difference.

Ligustrum Japonicum

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