Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Ligustrum japonicum Thunb.

Fully-hardy, upright, dense, evergreen shrub, with ovate, glossy leaves, to10cm long, and panicles, to 15cm long, of white flowers, in summer and autumn, followed by black fruit.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus, FNSW, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Europe by Siebold in 1845.  The Gardeners Chronicle’ suggested that L. japonicum and L. lucidum were the same species.  [Gard. Chron. 1858].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.637/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  Believed by Macarthur to be new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].  


Ligustrum japonicum Hort. ex Decn. (1877) = Ligustrum lucidum Ait. which see.

Ligustrum japonicum Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don (1825) = Ligustrum nepalense Wall.

Published Jan 20, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Last updated Jan 20, 2010 - 12:19 PM

Family Oleaceae
Region of origin


  • Ligustrum ovalifolium Hort ex Decne.
Common Name

Japanese privet, Wax leaf privet

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ligustrum Japonicum 

Confidence level high