Everything you need to know about the Ligustrum tree

The Ligustrum tree is a hardy, versatile type of shrub and small tree commonly used as an accent in landscaping as well as for hedges and borders. Their tolerance for nearly any type of condition and ease of growing make them ideal for home landscaping projects, and they require little in the way of maintenance. The outward growth of their dense foliage makes them a natural barrier and the perfect planting for privacy.


Plant with a plan

The Ligustrum tree thrives both in full sun as well as in partial shade and grows well in most types of soil.  Soil with poor drainage is not ideal for their growth.

For hedge shrubs, space each Ligustrum tree 3 or 4 feet apart and place them at least 3 feet away from any structure. Tree-forms are best-situated 5 or 6 feet away from other sizeable objects or plants and should always have a minimum of 8 feet of clearance away from architectural structures. For borders along walkways or driveways, plant the shrubs within 4 feet of the surface.


Water and fertilizer needs

Perfect for areas of the country with dry conditions, the Ligustrum tree withstands drought. Even so, they grow best if kept watered during prolonged periods of dryness. Fertilizing is advisable in early spring and again in late summer or fall, though fertilizing in summer may sometimes be necessary if the plants experience rapid growth or need additional nutrients. For best results, fertilize using 0.7 pounds of 15-5-10 or 15-5-15 formula granular fertilizer for every 100 square feet of growth.

Pruning perfection

ligustrums begin budding next year’s flowers soon after the current season’s blossoms wither. Prune the plants immediately after flowering to better avoid shearing off the developing buds. Prune for height control and the prevention of overgrowth into other areas outside of determined boundaries. Unlike most other trees, the Ligustrum tree tolerates aggressive pruning.


Goals for growth

The ligustrum tree is an extremely fast-growing type of shrub and tree. For instance, Japanese ligustrums often grow as much as 25 inches annually. Other varieties grow rapidly, as well, which results in the need for frequent pruning.


Fungus facts

While hardy and easily grown in most conditions, the Ligustrum tree is vulnerable to fungal leaf spot. This type of fungus survives hostile conditions in canopy leaves as well as in fallen leaves. Spores are or carried by water and then infect new leaves. To manage fungal leaf spots, remove fallen leaves from beneath the plants, where they easily collect and proliferate the fungus. Also avoid the use of overhead methods of irrigation, and water in early morning to prevent damp foliage at nightfall. For effective use of fungicide, call a professional landscape company with experience in treating the issue.


We Bring Your Vision to Life

At Executive Landscaping, Inc., we have that experience and offer our services in planting and maintaining Ligustrum trees to ensure that they thrive beautifully. We work hard to bring our clients’ vision for their landscaping to life, and that shows in the results we achieve. Our greatest goal is always creating a unique design that works perfectly for their property, and we are known for the quality of our work.

 Call Executive Landscaping, Inc. at 850.250.3756 to learn more about the Ligustrum tree and the many other outdoor services we offer today!



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