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Ligustrum ovalifolium



Traditional hedging and topiary plant

This evergreen plant is a popular form of hedging and is grown for its hardiness and dense habit. It is a great plant for creating boundaries and can be shaped to create interesting and formal hedges.


It can be planted in full sun or partial shade.


Plant in any soil that is well-drained. Once it is established it can be shaped with garden shears to form a hedge.

A native of China. It provides valuable food sources for butterfly larvae in the U.K.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September