Japanese Viburnum Ligustrum


The hardy ligustrum genus is a versatile group of shrubs for accents, hedges, or small trees. Three of the most popular for South Florida landscapes are varieties in green, gold-tipped and variegated.

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This plant can grow 15 feet or more with a nice, natural shape. You can also keep it sheared into a smaller “bonsai” form of about 8 to 10 feet.

A naturally multi-trunk tree with deep green, shiny leaves and white spring flowers, the all-green shrub is one the most popular choices for an easy-care small yard tree.

When kept manicured, it’s outstanding in formal landscapes or Oriental gardens. Left to grow naturally, it works well as a small shade tree with a casual look for any landscaping style.

As specimen trees, these trees look their best with a low groundcover planted around the base.

You might also grow them in rows on each side of a walkway to form a beautiful canopy.

You can buy a green ligustrum already trained as a standard – or plant a small shrub and trim it yourself into a multi-trunk tree.