Japanese Curled Leaf Ligustrum

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Gorgeous dark green wavy delights, the Japanese Curled Leaf Privet (Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium') is a large, upright privacy shrub with lustrous dark-green leaves! Versatile and adaptable, these larger shrubs can be small trees, small or large hedges, and formal or informally sheared and trimmed as much as you'd like!

The colorful new growth is accented by sprays of white blossoms that the pollinators delight in! Soon, the glossy broadleaf evergreen foliage matures and small berries form among the leaves that songbirds snap up greedily! However, sheered forms may not have this bounty, but they will still provide ample bird-friendly shelter and nesting!

Also known as the Recurve Privet, these Ligustrum are hardy throughout USDA planting zones 7 to 11, these are sun, heat, and humidity-resistant plants that can be limbed up into a small tree form, large or small shrub, and beautiful hedge! Growing upwards of 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide!

Planting and Application:

The Wavy Leaf Ligustrum is a dramatic and showy specimen both as an informal shrub or limbed-up tree form! A tree form on your home's corners or adorning your front yard raised berm will become a gorgeous spectacle!

Bring in the curb appeal by creating a low, sheared Curled Leaf Ligustrum hedge just below your home's windows as a gorgeous foundation hedge! Continue the theme with a low hedge dividing your front yard from the street, and a property-dividing living fence to separate your property from the neighbors!

Create luscious privacy and screening hedges that are green year-round, enveloping you in luxury! You'll create easy upscale private dining and seating areas, sunbathe in peace around the pool, and meditate in your own private nook that blocks wind, noise, and prying eyes! Everyone will love the dark glossy green outdoor garden room walls that grow fast and dense!

The highly attractive and curvy foliage makes the Curled Leaf Privet a spectacular addition to your landscape in the sun or partial shade, while providing shelter and nesting for wildlife! Create gorgeous backdrops to Asian-inspired and Zen gardens, reflect a focal point in a pool, in a Moon garden where it will glow, or in more Xeric and low-water-usage gardens!

  • Dark Shiny Wavy Curvy Leaves
  • White Blossoms For Pollinators
  • Dark-Hued Drupes For Songbirds
  • Upright Dense Broadleaf Evergreen Shrub
  • Easy Formal & Tidy Informal Form
  • Big Showy Hedge, Privacy, Specimens, Large Planters & Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Privet where they will receive at least four to six hours of sun a day. Good air circulation will benefit your shrubs, so pull them out away from the sides of buildings. These deciduous shrubs perform best in well-drained soil.

You'll want to use Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for significant benefits that last the entire life of your hedge. Although established Privets become moderately drought tolerant...you'll want to protect your investment with supplemental water. Apply a moderate amount of water on a regular basis to keep your shrubs stress-free.

Provide a 3-4 inch deep top-dressing of arborist mulch to hold moisture, insulate the roots, reduce weed competition, and add a finishing touch to your garden design! Prune to shape in early spring. It's ok to wait until after the fine-textured, fragrant flowers are finished. The more you prune the denser and bushier this shrub gets. Keep hedges trimmed in a tall triangular-shape, where the bottom is wider than the top so sunlight reaches to the bottom limbs.

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate to Low Moisture - Drought Once Established
  • Prune/Shear After Flowering
  • Deer, Disease, Heat, Humidity & Insect-Resistant

Elegant and tidy, the compact and highly ornamental Japanese Curled Leaf Privet will set your landscape off beautifully without any excess work from you! Order luxurious-looking privacy delivered to your doorstep from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Japanese Curled Leaf Ligustrum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-11
Growing Zones 7-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 7 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Broadleaved evergreen
Foliage Color Dark Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering