Ligustrum japonicum ‘Rotundifolium’

curly-leaf Japanese privet

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

A curious evergreen shrub, curly-leaf Japanese privet, has thick, dark green leaves that are shiny and rounded. The foliage almost seems jam-packed on the branches offering great textural interest in the garden from a plant that doesn't get huge; in fact, it generally only reaches 4 to 6 feet tall, about half the height of the species.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen shrub with great textural interest

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun to light or dappled shade. Will grow fine in almost any soil type except wet. Water occasionally during dry weather.
Geek Notes
Introduced into North American cultivation in 1860 by Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist and plant hunter.