Experience collecting Japanese Wax Privet?

Perrywinkle

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Hi everyone. I have been wanting to plant a row of native azaleas in a shady, sandy part of my backyard. I guess when they built the house, they planted some Ligustrum japonicum back there and it seems to be doing well. Aesthetically though, it doesn’t do much for me. I would prefer azaleas. Do you think I should go through the trouble of collecting them to make space? Fall is always a great time to collect, but if they’re a finicky species about timing I’d just as soon rip them out.
 

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0soyoung

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It seems straight forward to me that you DON'T LIKE THEM in the landscape. Hence you probably WON'T LIKE THEM in a pot. Further, you'll not be likely to have any interest in making them be interesting. So ...

chuck 'em

and plant the azaleas you want to have. EZPZ

Why make life difficult?
What could possibly be the point?

Be happy :D
 

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Ligustrum are all very strong and hardy. They are classed as weeds in many places - hard to kill actually.
The large leaf privet is not often used for bonsai because of the leaf size but they should transplant easily and it probably won't matter what time of year you choose to dig.
I guess transplant in these will be good experience but there are so many better choices for bonsai material.
 

Perrywinkle

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It seems straight forward to me that you DON'T LIKE THEM in the landscape. Hence you probably WON'T LIKE THEM in a pot. Further, you'll not be likely to have any interest in making them be interesting. So ...

chuck 'em

and plant the azaleas you want to have. EZPZ

Why make life difficult?
What could possibly be the point?

Be happy :D
I guess I'm just always stuck in a 'waste not want not' mentality with trees! Always taking too many cuttings, much to my detriment when I have to water them all.
 

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They are not finicky. No issues with lifting now in TX. Maybe lift the nicest one with the most movement low and toss the rest. BTW, they get clumps of nice small white flowers in spring….bring in the pollinators!
 
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