This lovely golden-leafed privet grows 8-12 ft (2.4-3.7 m) high by 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) wide and
has a vase-like or oval shape. Upright stems are covered with bright
golden leaves in full sun, light green (sometimes described as "sickly"
green!) in shade. Clusters of white flowers appear in spring, but the
shrub is valued primarily for the golden leaves.
Location Ligustrum x vicaryi is a cross between L. ovalifolium
'Aureum' whose common name is California privet, although it is
Japanese in origin, and L. vulgare (European privet). It was
developed by Vicary Gibbs of Middlesex, England in the early 1900s.
Tolerates dry soil and looks its best when not pruned.
Light: Sun to partial shade; best appearance for leaf color in
full sun. Moisture: Slightly moist to dry. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-8. A variant, 'Storzinger', is more
heat and cold tolerant, and grows in zones 4-9. Propagation: Most effectively by cuttings.
Golden privet can grow to more than 10 ft (3 m) in height but can be pruned to smaller sizes and shapes.
Use as a specimen shrub or small tree in a sunny spot to best display
the golden foliage. This makes a handsome foil for darker green
material planted in front. May be used as a hedge or border in zones
where foliage is evergreen, although it probably would look better
in a mixed border. Allow plenty of space around the shrub for its
perfect shape to develop. Like other privets, bears berries which,
while not cherished by birds, are nonetheless a reliable food source
if more favored material is not available.
Golden foliage in sun; vase-like shape; berries.
hc 12/08/97; updated 9/13/14
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