Maleberry (Ligustrina)

The Maleberry (Ligustrina) is generally described as a perennial shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . The greatest bloom is usually observed in the late spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the fall and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Maleberry (Ligustrina) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Maleberry (Ligustrina) will reach up to 18 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 27 feet.

The Maleberry (Ligustrina) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by cuttings, seed, sprigs. It has a moderate ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -27°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Shrub
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Late Spring
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Rhizomatous
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 18
Vegetative Spread Moderate
Flower Color White
Flower Conspicuousness No
Fruit/Seed Abundance High
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Fall Fall
Seed Spread Rate Moderate
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Cuttings, Seed, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required Yes
Minimum Temperature -27
Soil Depth for Roots 48
Toxic to Nearby Plants Yes
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate None
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing Yes
Growth Requirements
pH Range 4–7 pH
Precipitation Range 33–33 inches/yr
Planting Density 2500–10000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 48
Minimum Frost-Free Days 207 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA