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Description: Ligustrum plants typically have opposite, simple leaves that are glossy and green, although some species may have variegated foliage. The flowers are small, white to creamy-yellow, and often fragrant, blooming in clusters in late spring to early summer. They are followed by small, berry-like fruits that may be blue, black, or purple, depending on the species. Ligustrum plants are known for their dense growth habit and can be shaped into hedges, screens, or topiaries.

Size: The size of Ligustrum plants can vary widely depending on the species and cultivar. Most Ligustrum species are shrubs that range from 3 to 15 feet (1 to 4.5 meters) in height, although some species can grow into small trees reaching up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall. The spread of Ligustrum plants is usually similar to their height, creating dense, bushy growth suitable for hedging or landscaping.

Best Growing Zones: Ligustrum plants are adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and are commonly grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 10. However, the specific growing zones may vary depending on the species and cultivar. Some Ligustrum species, such as Ligustrum japonicum, are more cold-hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to USDA zone 5, while others, such as Ligustrum lucidum, are more heat-tolerant and thrive in warmer climates up to USDA zone 10.

Soil and Sun Requirements: Ligustrum plants prefer well-drained soil with good fertility and adequate moisture retention. They tolerate a variety of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-drained. Ligustrum plants also prefer full sun to partial shade, although some species may tolerate more shade than others. Adequate sunlight is essential for promoting dense growth and flowering in Ligustrum plants.

Maintenance: Ligustrum plants are relatively low-maintenance and require minimal care to thrive. They benefit from regular pruning to maintain their shape, control their size, and promote dense growth. Prune Ligustrum plants after flowering to remove spent flowers and shape the plant as desired. They are generally resistant to pests and diseases, although occasional issues such as aphids, scale insects, or fungal diseases may occur, especially in stressed plants.

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