Waxleaf Ligustrum

Waxleaf Ligustrum

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  • Drought tolerant

  • Low maintenance

  • Evergreen hedge

  • Specimen tree

Regular price $64.95

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X


The Wax Leaf Ligustrum tree is a favorite among both commercial and residential landscapers due to its ruggedness, aesthetic appeal, quick growth rate, and low cost. Which makes this plant, sometimes called Wax Leaf Privet hedge, the ultimate all-in-one Ligustrum hedge cultivar out there!

The Japanese Privet tree’s evergreen leaves have a glossy green shine which can make a beautiful garden radiate during the early summer. The Wax Ligustrum plant is a strong and sturdy plant that is low maintenance and will tolerate a variety of soil types.

The large green shrub or tree features lush dark green leaves and large clusters of creamy white flowers in the spring that last through summer. The wavy leaves are a few inches long. This fast growing shrub produces purple black berries after flowering that are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife!


Little maintenance to shape it into the desired size making it easy to care for! This waxleaf privet ligustrum japonicum grows best across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 7-11 and has slight cold hardiness.

Plant this waxleaf ligustrum in full sun or partial shade, and prefers well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant but be sure to water well the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Once established, it is also salt spray tolerant. Mulch with organic matter appropriately during the growing season to help maintain soil moisture as well as during winter to insulate the top inches of soil.

The Chinese Privet tree can grow up to 10-15 feet tall and 10 – 15 feet wide and is often seen in a compact habit as a formal hedge screen, windbreak or foundation planting. This plant provides excellent privacy features as it has dense foliage.

Needing little wax leaf privet care other than pruning once or twice a year to keep the desired shape and size, the Wax Ligustrum tree is an excellent choice for creating a tall screen, a solid privacy hedge plant, or displaying a profusion of beautiful multi-trunk small evergreen trees. You can train the trunk to be a small standard tree too. It has many shape options and has often been pruned into topiary or small trees.

It is relatively free of pests and diseases but one problem that may arise is leaf spot. Avoiding overhead drip irrigation and removing diseased leaves will help maintain this privet shrub. A general purpose fertilizer such as our Slow Release Fertilizer  applied during the growing season will help with any pest and disease problems as well. It is very easy to grow! Plus, they’re deer resistant!

Shop the Wax Leaf Ligustrum Japonicum for sale. The fragrant white blooms and deep green glossy foliage of this semi evergreen shrub will surprise you!

Shipping information

Once your Waxleaf Ligustrum order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!



Ligustrums are adaptive to most well-drained soil types and do well in full sun or partial shade. They are drought tolerant, but should be watered regularly until established. These very fast growing shrubs will need frequent pruning to control growth. Pruning just after flowering is recommended to avoid shearing off the following year’s flowers that develop quickly after the current blossoms fade.

Their popularity as a dense, tall hedge is based in part that they can tolerate severe pruning and are also very attractive with bare-pruned trunks to offer a more tree-like garden or potted accent. Avoid planting in front of windows as the Ligustrum’s fast growth may obstruct view.

For hedge placement, plant Ligustrum 3 to 4 feet apart from their centers and at least 4 feet from any pathway or structure. To plant as a tree form, a minimum of 5 to 6 foot clearance from other large plants should be considered, and give at least 8 feet of clearance from structures.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Wax Ligustrum, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Ligustrum japonicum

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color
Creamy white

Foliage Color
Dark green

Mature Width
10-15 ft

Mature Height
10-15 ft

Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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Brooke H.

Very lush plant! Will plant near my pool. Thanks Perfect Plants!

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