Ligustrum japonicum • Wax leaf privet

Ligustrum  •   Wax Leaf Privet  • イボタノキ  • 疣取木 • ibota-no-ki

It grows in Area I, described in ‘size’ column as two bushes  of 2′ and 5′ in height, flower cream. I only saw one of them – dropping flowers in a perfect circle.  Beautiful. 

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SJG • 7/15/13 – Ligustrum japonicum • Wax leaf privet, Area I

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SJG • 7/15/13 – Ligustrum japonicum • Wax leaf privet, Area I – flowers

From wikipedia:  Ligustrum japonicum (Japanese Privet or Wax-leaf Privet; Japanese: ネズミモチ) is a species of Ligustrum (privet) native to central and southern Japan (Honshū, Shikoku, Kyūshū, Okinawa) and Korea.

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 2–5 m (rarely 6 m) tall, with smooth, pale grey-brown bark on the stems. The leaves are 5–10 cm long and 2–5 cm broad, glossy dark green above, paler glaucous to yellowish green below, thick and leathery textured, and with an entire margin. The flowers are white, with a four-lobed corolla 5–6 mm long; they are borne in clusters 7–15 cm long in early summer. The fruit is an oval drupe, 10 mm long, ripening purple-black with a glaucous waxy bloom in early winter; in Japan they are popularly likened to mouse or rat droppings. The species is closely related to the Chinese Ligustrum lucidum, differing in its smaller size […]

From Missouri Botanical Garden

Common Name: Japanese privet
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Oleaceae
Zone: 8 to 10
Native Range: Japan, Korea
Height: 6 to 12 feet
Spread: 6 to 8 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Description: Creamy white
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flowers: Showy Flowers, Fragrant Flowers
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy Fruit
Other: Winter Interest
Wildlife: Attracts Butterflies
Tolerates: Drought
Uses: Hedge, Will Naturalize

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