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A Medium sized, scaled specimen of Ligustrum japonicum
A Medium sized, scaled specimen of Ligustrum japonicum
Medium sized Ligustrum japonicum on the Barcham Trees nursery
Double row of Medium sized Ligustrum japonicum at Barcham Trees
The crown of Medium sized Ligustrum japonicum on the Barcham Trees nursery
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An example of Medium sized Ligustrum japonicum planted as a stilted hedge
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Ligustrum japonicum

Tree Privet, Japanese Privet

Estimated fully grown height 3-7m

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Product Details

This tree has foliage which is long and pointed and a glossy dark green in colour. In the South of England it can generally be regarded as an evergreen tree and will only lose its leaves in the harshest of winters.

The white flowers are borne in autumn and are an attractive addition to this mainly utilitarian tree. Ligustrum japonicum was introduced from its native Japan in 1845 by PF von Siebold and is a tough performing species that will thrive on most soils, although it is best to avoid very water logged areas.

Ligustrum japonicum is an absolutely superb choice for planting as a raised screen, or stilted hedge, with the crown extending above the fence line and the stems taking up very little space in the garden. This privet tree is great for restricted areas and can be planted very close to buildings with confidence and as such is compliant with the building regulation code.

At Barcham we are often quizzed about appropriate planting distance, however this very much depends upon budget and overall immediate impact of the project; in truth the trees will tolerate being planted at 1.2m centres + and usually somewhere between 1.2m and 2m centres is ideal to balance an adequate level of screening with budget.

Regular trimming is recommended to maintain shape and prevent the tree from becoming too woody.  Pruning is best understaken in late spring/early summer, after the last frost and ideally before the end of July, so all new growth has a chance to harden off before the winter.  Unlike many other trees Ligustrum japonicum (privet) tree will tolerate this type of maintenance being performed simply with a hedge trimmer.

Mature height: 3-7m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Screening above the fence,
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.