This evergreen plant
with oval leafs whose coloring differs from genus to genus has a specially
beautiful gray and soft bark. The flowers are white and grow in a vertical
pyramidal form. The growth of this tree is quite fast which makes it
specially attractive for bonsai growing and forming.
need much light, in summer keep the trees in mid shadow, the fine leafs
could get burnt in the direct sun. Be sure to keep the soil humid, this
will reinforce the resistance against the sun.
Temperature and exposure:
Trees should be protected from temperatures below 3° Celsius
in winter. In summer protect the plants from direct insulation, especially
in very hot regions like the mediterranean area.
Pruning and cleaning:
Always remove the dry or fallen leafs. Pinch the new sprouts with your
nails. Lateral branches should be left with only one knot. During the
growing period, cut the branches leaving only two pairs of leafs per
branch. Structure pruning should be done in wintertime. To obtain flowers,
branches must be cut when winter ends.
Repotting / Soil: Repot
every two to three years cutting a bit more than the half of the fine
roots and plant the tree in a bigger pot. Ligustrums looks nice in ceramic
pots, I prefer dark green or blue colors. The form of the pot can be
circular or rectangular. The mixture of soil I recommend is composed
of 1/3 of compost, 1/3 of humus and 1/3 sand.
main season for wiring is from june to august when the tree is in the
growing period. Don't keep the wires for more than 5 months and protect
the sensible branches with raffia. Be careful when you bend the branches
because they break easily.
abundantly in spring and summer and be sure to reduce the watering drastically
in winter. Be sure to shower or vaporize the trees as often as possible
as they are accustomed to humid climates.
solid fertilizer should be applied starting in march, reducing the dose
during the hot summer days and stopping completely at the end of autumn.
Never apply on recently repotted or affected plants.
are not very sensible. The only plague I have suffered on my exemplar
was a attack of aphids which I removed manually. If the attack persists,
consult the remedy's page to find some additional information.