Wax Leaf Ligustrum (privet)

berrymm(z8 MS)March 31, 2006

Has anyone ever tried one of these in a pot? I have a small (3'-4') one in my existing landscape and I need to move it for a pathway and arbor that I am in the process of installing. I have no where else in the landscape to put this and was considering digging it up and potting it. Thanks for any feedback.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Common bonsai specimen. Grows well in containers. Fast draining soil - full sun - balanced fertilizer. Tolerates hard pruning well. Best to dig before spring growth begins.


    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:49PM
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berrymm(z8 MS)

I did not know it was a common bonsai specimen! Interesting. I would never have guessed that. I would assume the fact that it takes pruning so well might be one of the reasons? I have zero knowledge about bonsai. Thanks for your helpful feedback. I potted it over the weekend. Michele

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 1:05PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

See the beginning work on a future bonsai tree from a garden or hedge plant at the link below.


Here is a link that might be useful: C'mon! I'll show you how they start a Ligustrum bonsai.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 6:34PM
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girlndocs(8 WA)

Now that your privet is a container specimen, you might consider allowing it to bloom and set fruit. Privets have really fragrant flowers -- something a lot of people never realize because when they're grown as a hedge the flowering stems are usually kept chopped back. But I lived next door to a neglected privet hedge for years and loved the scent that would waft into our yard, and the little waxy black berries the birds liked so much.

I also personally think a more natural bush shape is so much more attractive than a pompon or block, especially a single plant in a container.


    Bookmark   April 8, 2006 at 2:47PM
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spunkybart(7 (VA))

Kristin -- I like the scent too. I have waxy privet hedge around the front of my house -- so I let it bush out in the Spring, so that I can get the scent before I prune it.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2006 at 8:08AM
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