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Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

golden privet

Family

Oleaceae


Ligustrum can be decidous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and panicles of small, often unpleasantly scented white flowers in spring or summer, followed by black or deep purple berries

'Aureum' is a dense, large evergreen shrub of erect habit with oval, rich yellow leaves sometimes marked green in the centre. Flowers small, dull white, in small panicles. Fruit a small glossy black berry

Synonym(s)

  • Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureomarginatum'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained, or moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, leaf-mining moths and thrips

Diseases

Susceptible to honey fungus