Ligustrum - Howardi / Size 1
Howardi Ligustrum

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*Availability Status: Currently sold out - Estimated avail late summer 2022
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 8" - 12" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $5.95

Product Code: LIGHOW1

Ligustrum japonicum 'Howardi' ('Frazieri')

Overall Description

Another wonderful Ligustrum which makes an excellent large hedge, as well as a nice colorful accent plant. Like most any Ligustrum, can be pruned / trimmed to maintain a desired shape or size. Has very dark, deep, glossy green leaves - new growth is bright yellow turning to green with age. Even older growth retains a splash of yellow on many leaves. Mature foliage also has a very "wavy" appearance, and a very thick, almost leathery texture. Very sturdy strong foliage indeed.

During the spring / summer growing season, Howardi has almost a two-toned look with the brilliant yellow new growth, combined with the dark, glossy green of older, mature foliage. Moderate growth rate & high disease resistance makes this evergreen shrub a perfect choice for any landscape. Prefers full sun, but will do well in part shade as well.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height: 7 - 10 ft

--Mature Width: 6 - 8 ft

--Growth Rate: Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" per year )

--Hardiness Zones: 6 - 10

--Sun Exposure: Full sun for best color, will do well in partial shade also

--Soil Preference: Average - will accept a wide range of soil types. Mulching recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture : Evergreen ( Semi evergreen in some locations around the outer fringes of hardiness range if unsheltered ) - thick, heavy leaves with an almost leathery feel to them. Foliage starts out as a vibrant bright yellow, and gradually matures into a medium green color.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts : Small inconspicuous, yet fragrant, white flowers are followed in late summer, fall, and winter as dark bluish / black berries that will provide food for birds, and other wildlife.

--Diseases / Insects : No serious pest or disease threats - occasional scale has been reported in high humidity zones

--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 4 feet apart for most typical hedge plantings that are intended to be kept at heights of 5 ft or more. Tighten spacing up to 2 1/2 - 3 ft apart for lower height hedging ( 3 - 4 feet high )

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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