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Ligustrum Japonicum (Recurvifolium) is a small tree or large shrub that grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet, but is capable of reaching 20 feet. It commonly displays multiple trunks in a curve shape which tend to form a spreading dense crown that tends to be asymmetrical and vase-shape. Alongside it shows off a smooth, gray-brown bark. The plant is naturalized in the USA.
Ligustrum Japonicum Tree Description
Leaves are evergreen, dark green, simple, entire, opposite, and rounded (hence the popular name recurvifolium). In addition, the leaves have a sharp terminal point and are 2 to 4 inches long. Finally, the flowers are white to gray, showy, and borne on upright terminal clusters that are 5 to 8 inches long. Also, the blooms are small, about 1/5 inch across, and scented. While the flower clusters resemble those of the lilac.
Furthermore, the fruits are small, green ripening to black, oval, fleshy berries under 1/2 inch in diameter. Birds eat the fruits; seeds are used for propagation. In east Asia, the fruit is used as a herbal medicine. Ligustrum Japonicum (Recurvifolium) is a hardy plant, tolerant of a range of well-drained soils, and responds well to pruning.
Landscape Applications of Recurvifolium Tree
In landscaping, it has several applications. It can be formed into a dense hedge, grown as a specimen or accent shrub or tree in a garden or on a patio, in a civic center, as well as in a large planter and can be grown as a bonsai or for topiary display. Recurvifolium is a dwarf selection of Japanese ligustrum; there are numerous other varieties available.
🌳Other popular and beautiful plants: Ligustrum Japonicum.