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Sunshine Ligustrum
Sunshine Ligustrum is a dwarf privet that sports screaming yellow foliage you can spot from an airplane at 10,000 feet! More details below.

Sunshine Ligustrum

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Sunshine Ligustrum
Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine' PP20379

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Ligustrum is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Sunshine Ligustrum is a dwarf privet that sports screaming yellow foliage you can spot from an airplane at 10,000 feet! Foliage turns a handsome orange-bronze in winter. Without pruning the plant grows to about 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. That said, with pruning, it can be kept to as low as 1 foot in height and width. If you're looking to add some eye-popping color to your landscape look no further - Sunshine Ligustrum is your choice! 

Note:  Sunshine Ligustrum is a sterile hybrid that will not re-seed into other areas of the garden as some other privet are known to do. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 1 to 4 feet tall and wide (depending on pruning), Sunshine Ligustrum is ideal for use as a specimen or low clipped hedge in smaller landscape spaces. In larger landscape spaces plant it in small to large groupings for eye-popping splashes of vibrant color, as an underplanting for small trees such as crape myrtle and upright Japanese maples, or as a low natural or formal hedge, or as a border to line paths and walkways. Can be sheared to globes, squares, domes and other interesting geometrical shapes. A fine addition to formal gardens, knot gardens and yellow-themed color gardens. 

Spacing:  1-3' for solid hedges;  6' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Sunshine Ligustrum is easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. The brightest foliage color is achieved with 7 or more hours of direct sun light per day. Shade produces chartreuse to lime green foliage color. Pruning is not necessary unless a tight formal shape or hedge is desired.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts for how to plant and care for Ligustrum and Privet shrubs.

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity: 3-4'
Spacing:  1-2' for solid hedges;  5'+ for space between plants with no pruning
Flower Color:  None, Sterile
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Screaming Yellow in full sun! Light Lime Green in shade. Orange-Bronze in Winter
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Moderately Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average if grown as clipped hedge
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect

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