How to care for a Ligustrum bonsai

On this page you will find the specific care you should know to know how to care for a Ligustrum bonsai, you can expand this knowledge in How to care for a bonsai.

Ligustrum is a genus of trees in the oleaceae family. There are species distributed throughout the globe. They are semi-deciduous trees: depending on the temperature they can lose part of their leaves in winter, They grow vigorously in the most diverse environments.

How to care for a Ligustrum bonsai
Bonsai of Ligustrum

How to care for a Ligustrum bonsai


They easily adapt to the most diverse climatic conditions. They can live inside, although they prefer very bright and sunny exteriors. In winter they endure low temperatures, but it is advisable to protect them from extreme frosts in the radical apparatus.


Located outside the tree has a high water consumption, especially during the growing season. In winter, with the fall of part of the leaves, consumption will be less. If we place the tree inside the house, consumption drops a lot.


Ligustrum is a vigorous growing tree, therefore, abundant fertilization is necessary throughout the vegetative development phase; in winter the fertilizer should be reduced to a minimum. Iron chelates effectively complement tree development.


The important growth of the aerial part of the tree is linked to the equally important development of the underground part, which means that the transplant will have to be frequent (2 years maximum). It will be necessary to trim half of the root mass.


New shoots should be clamped throughout the vegetative year. The procedure is the same as for deciduous trees: of new shoots, Once formed 7 u 8 leaves, we will cut leaving exclusively 2 The 3 at most.