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Ligustrum

Wax-leaf Ligustrum  has waxy, deep green leaves with pale undersides. The leaves, which grow in an alternating fashion on the branch, are oval and typically grow about 4 inches long. These shrubs usually reach heights of about 6 to 12 feet and spread 6 to 8 feet wide, though they may grow more than 20 feet tall in some cases.

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In late spring and early summer, the fast-growing wax-leaf privet sports showy, off-white flowers, which grow in clusters. The buds emit a fragrance that may attract butterflies. Green berries, which turn black in winter, accompany the flowers, and may attract birds. You can propagate wax-leaf privet from seed or cuttings. Mature wax-leaf privet shrubs can be pruned or shaped into cones or spheres.

The extremely tolerant privet isn't picky about soil, and can grow in dry, medium or average soil types. This species prefers well-drained soil and doesn't tolerate soggy soil. Wax-leaf privet thrives in full sun or partial shade, and prefers about 5 feet of planting space to encourage healthy air circulation. Hearty wax-leaf privet resists drought and tolerates salt spray in coastal gardens.