Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum'

Golden privet

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Also known as 'Aureomarginatum', this is the golden variegated form of the familiar hedging privet, a tough and versatile shrub from Japan. When left untrimmed, the green form will make a large shapely shrub with profuse but rather unpleasant-smelling white flowers in late summer. The golden form, 'Aureum' or golden privet, produces an excellent hedge, withstanding clipping as well as the green type. It also makes a fine informal shrub that creates a bright spot in shady parts of the garden. Cut out any shoots that revert to the standard green.

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Ligustrum

Species: ovalifolium

Cultivar: Aureum

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: April to June

Flowering period: July to August

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