Gardening

Ligustrum: in hedge and topiary


The ligustrum is a very beautiful shrub, very often used in hedges for its beautiful evergreen foliage.

The ligustrum in summary:

Last name: Ligustrum
Family: Oleaceae
Type: Shrub

Height
: 1 to 3 m
Exposure: Sunny and partial shade
Ground: Ordinary

Foliage
: Semi-persistent -Flowering: May June

Planting, pruning and maintenance are all things you can do to ensure good growth for your ligustrum.

(photo: © mmphotographie.de)

Planting the ligustrum

It is recommendedplant the ligustrum in the fall, this is the best time to plant.

But you can also plantin spring subjects purchased in containers without too much hassle. It is then necessary to plan a regular watering during the 1st summer.

  • The ligustrum appreciates sunny or partially shaded situations
  • For spring planting, plan to water more often at the start.
  • In hedge, respect a spacing of 80 cm between each plant.
  • Prefer a well-drained soil and follow our planting advice.

Multiplication and cuttings of the ligustrum:

The ligustrum is a shrub that multiplies quite easily by cuttings from the twigs.

The cuttings of the ligustrum take place at the end of summer, on semi-hardened wood, that is to say that has not yet hardened or browned but is in the hardening phase.

  • Take twigs of about 15 cm.
  • Remove the bottom leaves so that only one or 2 pair (s) of leaves are left.
  • Plant the cuttings in special cutting soil or a mixture of peat and river sand.
  • Keep the substrate slightly damp.

Before winter and the first frosts,

  • Protect your cuttings with a tunnel, a greenhouse or any other means of maintaining them at a temperature between 5 and 10 °

In spring,

  • After any risk of frost, around mid-May, transplant into a larger pot.
  • Planting in the ground ‘will only take place in the fall

Pruning and caring for Ligustrum

Very often used for the composition of hedges, the ligustrum is an easy-care shrub.

The ligustrum does not fear pruning,in spring and fall, do as you wish, especially if it is a hedge.

  • By pruning in the spring, in rising sap, you will give more vigor to your ligustrums which will have a faster growth.
  • By pruning in the fall, in descending sap, the growth will be slower and you will have a beautiful silhouette before winter.
  • The more often you prune it, the longer it will keep its leaves through the winter.
  • Tips for properly pruning shrubs

Watering Ligustrum

Even though the ligustrum is hardy and needs little watering, you will still need to be careful of hot summer months and droughts.

Especially plan a regular watering the first year after planting the ligustrum.

  • Mulching at the foot of the ligustrum helps keep moisture in the soil longer.
  • Theligustrum in potneeds to be watered when the soil is dry on the surface because the water needs are greater.

Beware of the scarcity of water on our planet, consume it in moderation and preferably in the evening to avoid evaporation.

To know about the Ligustrum

Also called privet, it is one of the essential garden hedges. Depending on the variety, there are small trees and shrubs with deciduous, semi-evergreen or evergreen foliage.

Many species of privet are used for the creation of evergreen hedges, especially with thecommon privet(Ligustrum vulgare). We will then prefer persistent species which offer opacity throughout the year.

For more brightness, we will choose theLigustrum ovalifolium Aureum which offers a beautiful persistent golden foliage. For the most common truth, choose Ligustrum vulgare, the common privet and its beautiful green foliage. (Photo © skymoon13)

For a variegated ligustrum, choose the ibota privet.

Video: Ligustrum Japonicum Japanese Privet (October 2020).