Ligustrums are a tried and true group of plants that are treasured for their rapid growth, evergreen leaves, and ease of care. They make a stunning hedge that shines, literally and figuratively. The Howardi Ligustrum is no exception. It stands out with a luscious lemon and lime coloration that just cannot be beat!
The new growth emerges a lovely, lemony yellow and as the leaves age the color gradually deepens into a lavish lime. You will adore the colorful, layered look of the Howardi Ligustrum! The leaves are thick, shiny, and smooth, not prickly like those of a holly. This stellar shrub is dense and lush. No peeking through this shrub! In summer enjoy subtle, delicate, white fragrant flowers. As the flowers fade they are replaced by deep bluish to black berries. The Howardi Ligustrum will attract birds and butterflies alike.
The Howardi Ligustrum is fantastic as a funky, freeform plant in a mixed bed, perfect for a privacy screen, hedge or border, and awesome as anchor or foundation plants. Let them grow naturally for a more artistic look or prune them to your hearts content for a clean manicured look. This ligustrum looks great either way.
Ligustrums are extremely easy to grow. They are pest and disease resistant and deer and drought tolerant. Full sun will you provide the richest color, but these plants will grow well in some shade too. These plants are adaptable to just about any soil. Plant in zones 7-10 for best results.
If you are looking for the reliability of the ligustrum, but want something a little different the Howardi Ligustrum is just what you are looking for!
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9, 10|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||6-8 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Ligustrum japonicum 'Howardi'|
Questions and Answers
How To Care for your new Howardi Ligustrum
Plant your Howardi Ligustrum in full to partial sun. Ligustrum are extremely adaptable to just about any soil. However, avoid areas with standing water or constantly saturated soil. This condition promotes disease. Also known as Privets, Ligustrum grow in warmer planting zones, 7 to 10. These shrub trees are pest and disease resistant and once established are maintenance free! Remember to always keep your plants fertilized with a high quality, slow release fertilizer. We have our own custom blend made to give your new plants the best start! Fertilize Ligustrum when planting, in early spring and, again, in late summer or early fall. Water your ligustrum deeply upon planting and once or twice weekly while establishing their root systems. Once established, Ligustrum are quite drought tolerant. You will only need to water during extremely dry periods. Ligustrum can withstand heavy pruning, but don't require it. Prune any time of the year.
Ligustrums rarely have issues with pests or disease. The healthier your plants are, the less likely they will be susceptible to pests. If you find your plant infected with scale or white fly treat the entire plant with neem oil to control these pests.
Landscape Ideas for your Howardi Ligustrum
The Howardi Ligustrum is fantastic as a freeform plant in a mixed bed, perfect for a privacy screen, hedge or border, and awesome as anchor or foundation plants. Let them grow naturally for a more artistic look or prune them to your hearts content for a clean manicured look. This ligustrum looks great either way. Plant about 3-4 feet apart for a tight hedge.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
Shipping and Delivery
Most orders ship next business day. Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping. View the Fedex shipping map below. Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed. West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants. Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.
You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment. Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives. As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.
How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart. At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.
Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.