Wavy Leaf Ligustrum (Recurvifolium), also known as Japanese Privet or Crinkle Leaf, is a dense evergreen shrub with a rounded habit. It offers lustrous green wavy leaves and will develop small white flowers in spring. Wavy Leaf Ligustrum is an excellent choice for hedge or screen planting.
As we already mentioned, this popular ornamental plant is easy to grow and maintain. However, there are several important things to be aware of before planting it in your garden:
These evergreen bushes prefer full sun or partial shade. The more sun it receives, the greener and thicker your hedge will grow.
The wavy leaf ligustrum prefers well-draining soil that’s not too acidic or alkaline. If planting a new hedge, nourish your soil with compost to improve drainage and fertility. Root rot might appear if this plant’s roots are exposed to standing water for too long.
The ideal watering schedule depends on your climate and growing conditions. To keep this plant healthy, water it 2-3 times per week during its first growing season.
To ensure healthy growth, you should fertilize your plant twice yearly – in spring and late summer. To do this, use 0.7 pounds of 15-5-10 or 15-5-15 fertilizers for every 100 square feet.
Pruning these plants will help them grow new leaves and branches. The best time to prune these shrubs is right after they flower to avoid shearing off the young buds. When pruning, remove dead wood and any suckers that have sprouted from the base of the plant.
Because new plants are vulnerable to hard freezes in the first year, we recommend protecting them from cold temperatures at night. Once it grows, it will be able to adapt to cold weather.
Although some leaf drops may occur in winter, they will be replaced by new growth once spring arrives.
Plant Your Wavy Leaf Ligustrum 4-6 feet apart for a seamless planting. For space between plantings, plant them 6-8+ feet apart.