Jack Frost Ligustrum /
(Ligustrum Japonicum "Jack Frost")
Ligustrum Japonicum 'Jack Frost' Origins:
- Ligustrum Japonicum is not Native to North America but has been evaluated using the IFAS
Assessment of the status of non native plants in Florida's natural areas and found to be Florida friendly
landscape plant. Jack Frost Ligustrum is a variegated selection of ligustrum japonicum chosen
for its brightly variegated green and yellow foliage that adds much needed color to our green North Florida
Jack Frost Ligustrum Preferred Exposure:
- Ligustrum will tolerate full sun to partial shade situations in the North Florida |
Jacksonville | St. Augustine areas gardens.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Foliage:
-Large evergreen foliage makes Ligustrum Japonicum a showy landscape accent any time of the
year. Jack Frost leaves are a show stopping bright green and yellow variegated that is sure to draw attention to
the landscape anywhere its planted.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
- Ligustrum Japonicum 'Jack Frost' will prefer well drained soils but is not particular
about the makeup or content of that soil. It tolerates clay, sand, loam acidic or alkaline conditions equally
- Not recommended for use in poorly drained areas that will stay wet during our heavy rain
season. If you just must plant Ligustrum into a moist area raise it 3-6 inches above the existing soil level to
help its roots get up out of the water after a rain.
- Ligustrum Japonicum has a moderate salt tolerance and can be planted near coastal properties
but should not com into direct contact with salt spray.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Size Variance:
- This slower growing selection of Ligustrum Japonicum is used as a lower
growing shrub for the species. It often surprises people to know that if left alone and untrimmed this shrub
would eventually reach 6-10 ft high and wide at maturity. Its slow growth rate allows for these shrubs to
very easily be kept at a 2-3 ft height with just an annual pruning each spring.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Growth Habit:
- Ligustrum Jack Frost shrubs will need to be clipped and shaped and are usually maintained
with a gently rounded or mushroom shape in the North Florida Landscape, this selections slow growth
rate does not lend its use towards the tree forms that other Ligustrum Japonicums make so easily.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Growth Rate:
- Slow growing shrub quickly establishes itself into the landscape becoming drought
resistant soon after planting.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Bloom:
- Generally smaller more inconspicuous flowers than that typical of the species.
Jack Frost Ligustrum Water Requirements:
- Ligustrum Japonicum is drought tolerant once established into the landscape. Good choice for
low water areas as they will continue to grow well once supplimental irrigation is reduced.
- Will not tolerate wet soils even for short periods.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
- Berries that follow the spring bloom persist on the tree through summer and are bird
Best Uses For Jack Frost Ligustrums in the North Florida | Jacksonville | ST. Augustine area
- Jack Frost Ligustrum is a great choice for a lower growing foundation planting around a home
or commercial setting. Their dense foliage and bushy characteristics make for an excellent landscape plant.
-Use them in masses around a special landscape focal point to draw attention to a landscape
specimen or accent areas in the landscape .
- These fast growing plants flush new growth within a few weeks after a pruning so if
attempting to keep them as a foundation plant remember to prune down 4-6 inches beneath where you would like to
see their growth be to give yourself some time before the next pruning is needed.
- Few pest or disease problems can trouble ligustrums in the North Florida Landscape
Care of S & J Nursery's North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine Shrubs:
- Shrubs can be planted in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St.Augustine area at any time
during the year. In normal and well draining soils dig the hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times
as wide. Plant the top of the root ball level or slightly higher than the surrounding soils. When planting in
poorly drained soils make sure to plant your shrubs a minimum of 3 inches ABOVE the surrounding soil level.
- Water every day during the establishment period. For most 3 gallon size shrubs in the North
Florida landscape in average soil, that is neither heavy clay that holds water or really sandy that will take
2-3 weeks of daily watering to ensure that your newly planted shrub will begin to put out new roots and grow
into its new home happily. After the first few weeks begin tapering back your watering to every other day then
every third day and so on until your newly planted items are flourishing without your assistance.
- If planting larger shrubs you may need to extend the initial care a bit longer to protect
your investment and get your shrubs off to the best start possible.
- IMPORTANT: If planting shrubs in heavy clay soils that hold allot of water after a rain or
irrigating, remember to check the soil for moisture by sticking your fingers into the soil near the root ball of
the newly planted shrub down to 2-3 inches. If it remains wet from the previous watering wait for the top 2-3
inches to dry out before watering again.
- IMPORTANT: When planting shrubs into poor sandy soils be sure to amend the planting hole by
mixing compost or cow manure etc. with the native soil that will go back in the hole around the new plants root
ball when installing your shrub material, this will not only give your new shrubs good soil to grow its new
roots into but help it hold water.
- When planting shrubs from containers be sure to loosen the roots as much as possible pulling
loose roots away from the root ball before installing your new plants, if the roots are to tight to easily
loosen with your hands use a knife to cut a few slits into the root ball being careful to go all the way from
the top to the bottom and making the cut at least an inch deep. This will ensure that your plant will
immediately begin to form new roots into its new surrounding soil.
- Mulch newly planted shrubs whenever possible.
- Fertilize each spring with a mixture of milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant
food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch
circle underneath the foliage of the tree
- Prune as needed to shape each spring and or summer.
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It's poly coated slow release granules allow you to fertilize without the excess waste going
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- Works with virtually all plant varieties and in all soil conditions
Why Use 'Green Edge' fertilizer for North
Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area gardens and landscapes?
You don't have to have been in Florida long to realize that there is
just sand everywhere! The water provided by rains and irrigation systems disappears quickly into Florida's sandy
Its especially important when planting new items into the landscape to
make sure that your new plants are getting enough water and the root system isn't drying out. Think of milorganite
as adding tiny sponges to the soil for the root system of your plants, they are soaking up and holding all that
rain and irrigation water and slowly releasing the water and nutrients to your plants root system.
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