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Golden Privet

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Golden Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) – A common pruned hedge and garden shrub, Ligustrum ovalifolium takes pruning exceptionally well; its colorful yellow foliage lasts all season long, making it an excellent color accent plant. It is easy to grow and can handle pollution well, but needs full sun for the best color.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Ligustrum
Species:
x vicaryi
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Golden Vicary Privet
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Golden Privet has attractive gold deciduous foliage on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It has panicles of lightly-scented white flowers hanging below the branches from late spring to early summer.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Privet is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Golden Privet will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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