The California Privet is a shrub plant that can be found across many counties in the United States. The plant originally came from Japan, and was introduced to the United States in the mid 1940s. Homeowners have found the California Privet to be most useful as a hedge plant, because of its dense leaves and quick growth rate. It will grow in most climates, but is most successful in drier, hotter climates such as California, Texas, and Florida. When it is grown in cooler, more northern areas in the United States, gardeners will find that its leaves will not grow as densely and the plant will not be as tall. Since it grows quickest in hotter climates, oftentimes it will require sheering during summer seasons. This provides an excellent means for homeowners to construct a natural-looking fence, or just sheer it into any design they wish. The plant is considered a weed in some states, and once it is established in a given area, it is extremely difficult to remove. The fruit that they bear is poisonous to humans, but not small birds and other such animals.
Climate Zone: 4 to 9
Mature Height: 12 to 16 feet
Sunlight: Prefers: Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Blooming Season: Early Summer
Soil Conditions: Fine, textured soil; some sand to some clay
Botanical Name: Ligustrum ovalifolium