Chinese privet is a large, arching, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub native to China. In summer it bears large, showy, odoriferous clusters of small white flowers, giving rise to blue-black fruits that are relished and disseminated by birds. It will grow in almost any soil type or sun exposure, and is often invasive through self-sowing. Its variegated cultivars flower and fruit less heavily, and make good accent, border, and foundation plants.
A very tolerant and easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil that is not impoverished or water-logged. Grows well in heavy clay soils. This species has become a problematic invader of native habitats in N. America, becoming the dominant understorey shrub in some areas. This species is notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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Genus - Ligustrum
Species - Sinensis
Common name - Chinese Privet
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 9
Height - 6'-15' / 1.80 - 4.60 m
Spread - 6'-15' / 1.80 - 4.60 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Bloom season - Early Summer, Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
1. Soak seeds for 48 hours, drain and stratify.
2. Place the seeds and store in a cool (ideally +1-+3C; not freezing) and moist environment for a period of 40-60 days.
To accomplish this you merely place the seeds in a sealed plastic bag with moistened vermiculite (or sand or even a moistened paper towel) and refrigerate it. Use three times the amount of vermiculite as seeds. It is important to only slightly dampen the vermiculite, as excessive moisture can cause the seeds to grow mouldy in the bag.
3. After undergoing the recommended period of stratification, the seeds are ready to be removed and sown in the nursery bed for germination. Alternatively, the seed may be sown in small pots filled with moist soil and then the whole thing enclosed inside a plastic bag before placing inside a common refrigerator.
When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed can also be sown in outdoor seed beds in the autumn. You can leave the plants to grow on in the seedbed for up to 4 years before planting them out into their permanent positions in the winter. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Cuttings of mature wood, 20 - 30cm in a sheltered outdoor bed in November/December. The cuttings can also be placed in site if required. High percentage.
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