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Variegated Privet - Ligustrum sinensis Variegatum
Variegated Privet is an exceptionally fast-growing and colorful shrub that is very useful to create a quick hedge or screen. More details below!

Variegated Privet - Ligustrum sinensis Variegatum

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Variegated Privet
Ligustrum sinensis 'Variegatum' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, 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

Variegated Privet is an exceptionally fast-growing and colorful shrub that is very useful to create a quick hedge or screen. Fragrant white flowers are produced in spring, however the real appeal to this plants appearance is the outstanding, creamy-yellow to white and green variegated foliage. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

If you're looking to create a quick privacy screen or natural or clipped, formal hedge, it doesn't get much better than Variegated Privet. This shrub can be left to grow naturally to 10 feet or so in height, or responds very well to shearing for hedges that can be maintained at 5 feet or more in height. Remove lower branches and you have an outstanding, brightly colored tree that serves well as a focal point specimen anywhere in the sunny landscape!

Cultural Preferences

Variegated Privet is exceptionally easy to grow in a wide range of soils provided they are well-drained. It prefers a moist but well drained soil in full sun to light shade. Plants are exceptionally drought tolerant when established and highly resistant to deer, disease, heat, humidity, and insects. No pruning necessary, however can be pruned as a formal hedge or small tree.

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

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-10' depending on pruning
Width at Maturity: 5-10' depending on pruning
Spacing:  4-6' for solid hedges;  12' or more for space between plants
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single flowers in panicle clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green and white or soft yellow
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Black
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 Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, Average to High if grown as clipped hedge
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect

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