Wavy Leaf Privet Ligustrum

Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'

4 Reviews

Wavy Leaf Privet Ligustrum

Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'

4 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


The Wavy Leaf Privet is an attractive evergreen shrub with glossy, rich-green leaves. The leaves are oval and 2 to 4 inches long. The tip and the leaf-edges are curved and twisted, giving this plant a lively appearance. In spring it is covered with large sprays of pure-white flowers, making bright show in your garden. Unlike other privets, this is not a large plant that will take over your garden and escape into natural areas. It forms an upright plant no more than 8 feet tall, which if unclipped can become about 6 feet wide. It is an excellent low-care and tough plant for anywhere in the garden, for making a dense hedge, or for planting in a large container as a specimen shrub. It naturally grows dense and full, but it can also be easily trimmed into shape if you want to reduce it size.

  • Attractive evergreen with deep-green, glossy leaves
  • Grows just 8 feet tall, and 6 feet wide
  • Attractive pure-white flowers in spring
  • Happy in shade, and drought and heat tolerant too
  • Resistant to salt spray and grows well near the sea

The Wavy Leaf Privet will grow in any soil at all, except for ones that are constantly wet. It thrives in sand or clay, and once established it is very drought resistant. It is also an excellent choice for shady areas, where it thrives, and it is unaffected by heat or cold snaps. It grows well in zone 7, with winter temperatures down to zero degrees, as well as in the heat of sub-tropical zone 11. It is also resistant to salt spray, making it a great choice for the beach or ocean frontage.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-10
Mature Width 6
Mature Height 8
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Zones 7-10

Good sized evergreen plants are the backbone of the garden. In warmer areas these are usually broad-leaved plants, and since these are the plants that will fill large parts of your garden, they need to be easy to grow, tough and reliable. Japanese Privet fits the bill perfectly, but seed-grown forms of this plant can become large and hard to control, so it is always best to choose a garden form that has been selected for smaller growth and extra attractive features. The Wavy Leaf Privet is just such a plant.

The Wavy Leaf Privet grows rapidly to around 8 feet tall – the perfect size for a background planting, a hedge or a screen. It naturally grows dense and full without a lot of trimming, making a great specimen for planting in a lawn, or even in a large pot as a container plant. Visually the leaves are curved at the tip, with slightly wavy edges, creating a lively effect that adds to the charm and beauty of this plant. It has clusters of white flowers in spring that add interest and color, making this an all-round ideal garden plant.

Privet has a poor reputation with some people. This comes from the ‘bad manners’ of the European and Chinese privets, which grow very large and produce lots of seeds. These sprout as weeds in the garden, and they also escape into the wild, causing environmental problems, especially in the southern states. In response, gardeners have shifted to using other species, which are much more modest in size and any berries are not eaten by birds. The Japanese Privet is one of these ‘well-mannered’ garden privets. It stays relatively small and birds show no interest in eating the seeds, so it does not become a weed and it will not spread into wild areas around you. Growing this plant is safe and responsible, and you do not need to worry about introducing a pest into your garden or your neighborhood.

Growing Wavy Leaf Privet Shrubs

The Wavy Leaf Privet is a versatile evergreen shrub, that can add 2 feet of growth a year when young, making it the ideal choice is you want a hedge in a hurry. Yet it doesn’t grow more than 8 feet tall, so it won’t crowd out your garden. It is perfect for filling a blank corner, and attractive enough, especially when in flower, to use as a container plant in a large tub on your terrace, or beside your entrance. The pure-white flowers are carried in sprays, and develop in early spring. They are followed by clusters of berries, but after flowering is an ideal time to give your plants a trim to keep them compact and dense. This will remove the dead flower clusters, so berries will not form. These are ignored by birds anyway, but they are not very showy, so there is no harm in removing them.

Planting Location

Choose a sunny or shady location for your Wavy Leaf Privet. It will grow better in some shade, especially in hot areas, so save those sunny places for plant that grow best in sun, like Crape Myrtles. It will grow in any kind of soil, no matter how poor it is, except for soils that are constantly wet. Not only will it grow in any soil, once established it is drought resistant, unaffected by heatwaves or cold spells, and it has no serious pests or diseases. It grows well in coastal areas too, as it is resistant to salt spray, and grows well in sandy soil. This is a very, very easy plant to grow, and anyone can grow it.

Using as a Hedge

To make a hedge from the Wavy Leaf Privet, place your plants 2 to 3 feet apart in a row. They will rapidly grow together, and you should begin clipping while they are still small, to develop a dense structure. Always clip the sides flat and sloping inwards a little. This will allow light to reach the bottom of the hedge, and keep the foliage healthy and thick right to the ground. If you allow the top to grow wide, as it naturally will, the lower parts will soon become bare and twiggy.

More Information on Wavy Leaf Privets

The Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum) is found growing wild in southern and central Japan, as well as in Korea. It has evergreen leaves of a rich dark-green, with an attractive glossy upper surface. They are oval and 3 or 4 inches long. The flowers are small, but bunched together in cone-shaped clusters that are up to 8 inches long and as much across. They are pure white and make a very attractive show in spring, when the plant is covered in these sweetly-scented blooms. If not trimmed the flowers develop into clusters of small, oval purple-black berries, which decorate the tree all winter.

The special form ‘Recurvifolium’, called the Wavy Leaf Privet, has a pronounced curve in the tip of the leaf, as well as a wavy edge. This feature gives the whole plant interesting visual movement and grace, making it the most desirable variety to grow in your garden. It is also more compact and fuller than the wild plant, so it is more suited for garden use. Cheaper seedling trees will not be this attractive variety and will instead be more like the less-attractive wild form, so avoid them and grow only the best plants from The Tree Center. Many gardeners are now realizing the value of these improved privet bushes, and we know that our stocks will not last long!

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Wavy Leaf Privet Ligustrum

Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'

4 Reviews