Ligustrum Care: Information On How To Grow Ligustrum Shrubs

The following are some of the most common questions asked by readers of this blog post. Please feel free to ask any other question you may have!


What’s the difference between ligustrum hedges and lignite?

Ligustrum hedges (or lignites) are small trees that grow on hillsides or mountainside. They’re usually smaller than regular trees, but they’re not quite as tall as a mountain. These plants produce their leaves in clusters called “hairs” which look like tiny little flowers. The leaves themselves aren’t very big, but they do have a distinctive shape and color when young – sometimes resembling miniature umbrellas with many petals.

When these plants get older, they start producing new leaves instead of hairs. Their leaves become much larger and the petal colors change from white to yellowish orange. Some species even develop purple or red flowers at maturity. Most lignites don’t last very long; they die back after just a few years, although there are exceptions such as the Japanese ligustrum (Ligustrum japonicum).

Lignite is usually used as a fuel source. It ignites quickly and burns very hot. If you’re looking to use this plant as a heat source, you’ll need to chop it up into smaller pieces before lighting it. Lignite doesn’t produce as much energy per pound as some other types of firewood, but it’s easier to light if it’s not chopped up.


What does a ligustrum hedge look like?

Ligustrum hedges form a thick, green “wall” that blocks out any view beyond it. The older the plant gets, the thicker and taller it gets. These hedges are usually trimmed and neat looking. They make excellent boundaries for fields or properties because they’re so easy to see through.

Sources & references used in this article:

Fruit maturation in the shrub Ligustrum vulgare (Oleaceae): lack of defoliation effects by JR Obeso, PJ Grubb – Oikos, 1993 – JSTOR

Short-term effect of uniconazole on the water relations and growth of Ligustrum by SL Steinberg, JM Zajicek… – Journal of the American …, 1991 –

Fates of fruits and seeds of Ligustrum lucidum WT Ait. and L. sinense Lour. maintained under natural rainfall or irrigation by FD Panetta – Australian Journal of Botany, 2000 – CSIRO

Privet pollen (Ligustrum sp.) as potential cause of pollinosis in the city of Cordoba, south‐west Spain by P Cariñanos, P Alcázar, C Galán, E Domínguez – Allergy, 2002 – Wiley Online Library

Privet is a plague: you can help stop it by JH Miller, T Albritton – Alabama Treasure Forests, spring 2004, vol. XXIII …, 2004 –

Changes in Root and Shoot Growth and Biomass Partition Resulting from Different Irrigation Intervals for Ligustrum japonicum Thunb. by DD Silva, ME Kane, RC Beeson – HortScience, 2012 –

Privet by AX Niemiera – 2009 –

Shear behavior definition of shrubs stem at pruning by JT Midcap, RJ Black, SA Rose – 1991 – University of Florida Cooperative …

Park pruning prompts a competitive reversal of an exotic tree, Ligustrum lucidum, in urban forests of Japan by J MASAH, M KHANALI – 2019 –



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