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Similar but less problematic plants:
Osmanthus x fortunei Osmanthus x fortunei in the fall in Moore County
Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium' is often confused with:
Ligustrum japonicum Ligustrum japonicum 'Silver Star'
Native alternative(s) for Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium':
Callicarpa americana Callicarpa americana in summer in Moore County
Ilex 'Nellie R. Stevens'
Ilex opaca Ilex opaca
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Clematis armandii Clematis armandii
Aronia melanocarpa Aronia melanocarpa - berries and fall color
Chionanthus retusus Chionanthus retusus
Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium' has some common insect problems:
Whiteflies Found on Flowers and Foliage

Crinkle Leaf Ligustrum japonicum 'Recurvifolium'

Phonetic Spelling
li-GUS-trum juh-PON-ih-kum
Description

Crinkle Leaf is an erect, evergreen shrub or small accent tree with curved leaves. It is alkaline, pollution, sun, and shade tolerant, as well as cold hardy. It tolerates dry conditions and is intolerant of wet soils. It is susceptible to copper deficiency and whiteflies.

This plant flowers in late spring and produces an odor that is offensive to many people. It has lustrous dark-green evergreen foliage that makes this plant a great use for foundation planting, as a privacy screen, as a hedge, or even for planting in a container. This plant has a somewhat more open growth habit than the rest of the species and is hardier than the rest of the species.

The berries produced by this plant are toxic. Dogs can be adversely affected by eating the berries or leaves of privet. Privet is a weedy non-native plant. Please consider planting natives.

Quick ID Hints:

  • lustrous dark green, simple, entire leaves with indistinct veins
  • leaves have undulating margins and are twisted at the tip
  • prominent lenticels on bark
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#sun#small tree#full sun#partial shade#spring#white flowers#easy to grow#toxic#low maintenance#accent plant#year-round interest#topiary#hedges#privacy#screening#fantz#evergreen shrub
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#evergreen#sun#small tree#full sun#partial shade#spring#white flowers#easy to grow#toxic#low maintenance#accent plant#year-round interest#topiary#hedges#privacy#screening#fantz#evergreen shrub
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ligustrum
    Species:
    \japonicum
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are berry-like drupes that are blue-black in color and less than an inch in size.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are perfect, white, and foetid. They grow on the terminal of a pyramidal panicle that is 2-6" long.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, simple, broad-ovate to ovate-oblong, 1-3" long, wavy at the margins, and twisted at the tip. They have 4-5 pairs of indistinct raised veins on the undersurface, have a lustrous dark green color, coriaceous, and glabrous.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Lenticels
    Bark Description:
    Twigs are smooth, gray, and covered with large lenticels.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Pollution
    Problems:
    Malodorous
    Problem for Dogs
    Weedy