I need to plant a 100' hedge (screen) that grows fairly rapidly to 8'.
It boils down to a choice of Dodonea (Purple Hopseed Bush) or Privet. I
prefer the privet but am bewildered by the biological names.
A nearby nursery sells "Texas Privet" at a reasonable price.($10 for 5 Gal).
As I understand it, Texas Privet is the same as Ligustrum Japonicum and thus
will reach 8 to 12'.
How can I make sure that I am getting Ligustrum Japonicum, as opposed to
some smaller variety of Ligustrum that does not reach 8'? Is there any way I
can tell from the leaves of the Texas Privet that it is, indeed, a Texas
If he hedges (pun intended) and doesn't give you an answer ask if he
will guarantee these plants to be Ligustrum japonicum, and that you
return ithem if they are not. If he won't do so DON'T buy.
Personally I think they are not. A plant called New Mexico Privet is
actually Forestiera, however they do give the scientific name.
Walter, we were confused by the names too, but told the nursery we wanted
variegated privet and that is what we got. It looks more airy, and gets
tall, will outgrow the solid green privet, is hardy, etc.
Our 150 ft. will look terrific.
Jackie in zone 7.
To my knowledge there are no native ligustrums at all, nor are there
native privet. Japonica indicates native to Japan. Chinensis
indicates native to China. Ligustrums in certain areas are outlawed
because they are noxious. Just be cautious when using these. I
didn't know any better at one time and I had a LOT of work.
Now this is interesting. I went to the library this evening*
and checked out a book CA Home Landscaping, to look at the pretty
pictures and start dreaming about spring, etc. and there on Page 197
what did I find but TEXAS PRIVET
Texas Privet: Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum'
Shrub/small tree, very glossy bright green leaves, clusters of white
Dark blue-black berries fast growing full/partial sun any soil
So there it is -yes it is a japonicum cultivar/variety
* i was looking for Jerry Baker materials LOL
On Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:45:26 -0800 (PST), mleblanca
I just wanted to make the distinction because it is on our noxious, do
not plant list. At least the Texas Native Plant Society. It is really
not a good plant and maybe a disease will wipe it out. Finally
something is killing the oleander. Nice plant, just not here.
The nasty privet here is L. lucidum or Glossy Privet
This thing gets to be 40 feet tall and produces millions
of berries, which are messy and the birds love them. Then they
of course spread them all over. I have about a hundred seedlings
every spring. The only good thing is they are easy to pull out,
but you have to do it soon because they are fast growers.
There is a California Privet, which is not native either.
On Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:40:10 -0800 (PST), mleblanca
It's actually a really nice plant. It brings back memories from
childhood in Brooklyn for me. The sparrows house inside them over
winter and they do have beauty, but they are inching out everything
native. You know, like the president is doing to America. Just about
everyone I know wants out of here! I don't know where that came from,
I just went with it.
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