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