You’ve never seen privet like this before.

Courtesy of the Southern Living Plant Collection

Before you say, “No privet, no way,” let us tell you: You’ve never seen privet like this before. Sunshine Ligustrum is not like common privet which, if left untended, will sprawl far and wide and reach heights of 15 feet or more. For one, Sunshine Ligustrum is non-invasive. While privet has a reputation for being smelly and growing like a weed, this particular selection of Ligustrum sinense is easier to corral. Plus, it doesn’t flower. (Pause for gasps.) This privet has all the hedging capabilities and visual interest of its Ligustrum relatives (maybe even more, thanks to its bright yellow foliage) with none of the odor or invasive sprawl. It’s a privet that won’t cause a headache for you or your garden.

About Sunshine Ligustrum

Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine' is a hardy, evergreen planting with bright yellow foliage. According to the Southern Living Plant Collection, which offers this plant for purchase, “Ideal as a hedge in the landscape, Sunshine Ligustrum offers year-round golden foliage that flourishes in full sun. This sterile, non-invasive cultivar will not re-seed into the landscape. In fact, it doesn’t bloom at all, which is good news for allergy sufferers!” It will reliably reach heights of 3 to 6 feet and widths of 3 to 4 feet, making it a versatile planting for both bigger and smaller garden spaces.

How to Grow Sunshine Ligustrum

This particular privet thrives in full sun and has moderate water needs. It likes moist, well-draining soil and a bit more water when the temps rise. To bring out even more of its bright yellow foliage, occasional pruning is needed. Pruning this Ligustrum is more for shape, though; it doesn’t need the careful, regular shearing of other privet selections, which are speedy, aggressive spreaders. If you don’t want to grow it as a hedge or a mass planting, it also thrives when grown in a container and as an accent in the garden. Watch the video below for more information and instructions for pruning Sunshine Ligustrum.

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Ligustrum Species

While The Southern Living Garden Book describes most selections of L. sinense as “a horrible weed in the Southeast” and “hard to kill,” two selections in particular are a bit easier to deal with. L. sinense ‘Pendulum’ and L. sinense ‘Variegatum’ have attractive foliage and are less aggressively invasive than their relatives. Other Ligustrum species include L. amurense, L. japonicum, L. lucidum, L. ovalifolium, and L. vulgare, all of which have distinctive characteristics. Some are more popular plantings than others, while some have been banned entirely by a few Southern gardeners, including a famously grumpy one. Other selections include L. ‘Suwanee River’ and L. ‘Vicaryi’, the latter of which is also known as “vicary golden privet” and has bright yellow leaves.

You can find more information about Sunshine Ligustrum online and you can also purchase it online and by mail from the Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Do you love privet, or is it a planting you will never ever touch? Do you have any Sunshine Ligustrum growing in your yard?

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