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Products > Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'
Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' - Waxleaf Privet
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Oleaceae (Olives)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' (Waxleaf Privet) - This is a lower and slower growing variety of the species, as it only reaches 9 feet tall but is typically smaller. It is an evergreen dense, compact shrub with thick, round, waxy leaves that are glossy green above and whitish underneath. Fragrant bee-attracting white flowers bloom in late spring to early summer and then are followed by blue-black berries. Plant in sun or light shade and water regularly. Hardy to below 15 degrees F and useful in USDA zones 7b-10. It is a good hedge candidate and can be trained to nearly any shape but care should be used when pruning using shears as the cut leaves remain on the plant so it is better to be pruned and not sheared if plants are to be viewed not in the distance. The origins of this cultivar are a bit of a mystery, although one would presume it was selected from somewhere in Texas. We have grown it at our nursery since we opened our gates in 1979 and it is listed as early as 1954 in that year's edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book. This early listing legitimizes the use of the Latinized cultivar name 'Texanum' since the rules prohibiting this, outlined in the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants, did not come about until 1959, but we are still quite curious about where it came from and who actually named it. For more information on the species, see our listing for the species at Ligustrum japonicumInformation displayed on this page about  Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.