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Ligustrum amurense (Amur privet)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
5m
Max height
5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ligustrum amurense

Other names

Amur privet

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Species

L. amurense - L. amurense is an upright, dense, deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with elliptic, mid-green leaves and panicles of white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by ovoid, black fruit.


Ligustrum amurense is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Some may find the scent of the flowers unpleasant

Habit

Upright, Dense

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Aphids , Thrips Leaf mining moths , Aphids , Thrips

Honey fungus Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Requires little pruning if grown as a specimen. Pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Can be pruned in early spring if flowers are not desired.

Propagation methods

Seed, Hardwood cuttings, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ligustrum amurense (Amur privet) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens

Cultivation

Grow in any moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Avoid wet or waterlogged conditions. Suitable for use as a hedge. Tolerates urban pollution. Tends to self-seed in ideal growing conditions, forming dense thickets if left unchecked.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ligustrum amurense

Other names

Amur privet

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Species

L. amurense - L. amurense is an upright, dense, deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with elliptic, mid-green leaves and panicles of white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by ovoid, black fruit.

Native to

China

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Some may find the scent of the flowers unpleasant

Habit

Upright, Dense

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leaf mining moths , Aphids , Thrips

Specific diseases

Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Requires little pruning if grown as a specimen. Pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Can be pruned in early spring if flowers are not desired.

Propagation methods

Seed, Hardwood cuttings, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ligustrum amurense (Amur privet) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens

Cultivation

Grow in any moist but well-drained or well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Avoid wet or waterlogged conditions. Suitable for use as a hedge. Tolerates urban pollution. Tends to self-seed in ideal growing conditions, forming dense thickets if left unchecked.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ligustrum amurense (Amur privet)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Ligustrum amurense (Amur privet)

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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