How to Grow Golden Privet - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Golden privet is a shrub that typically grows to 6-9 feet (1.8-2.7 m) tall and wide. It is prized for its yellowish-green, lance-shaped leaves that turn golden-yellow in the fall. Clusters of small, white flowers appear in late spring or early summer, followed by black berries in fall.

How to Grow Golden Privet - Plant Care & Tips

Also called

  • Glaucous privet
  • Blue privet
  • Green privet
  • Woolly privet
  • Purple privet

Good to Know

  • Golden privet (Ligustrum vicaryi) is a fast-growing, deciduous shrub that is native to Europe.
  • It has oval-shaped, dark green leaves that turn yellow in fall.
  • Clusters of small, white flowers appear in late spring or early summer.
  • Flowers are followed by black berries that are attractive to birds.
  • Golden privet is tolerant of a range of soil conditions and is drought tolerant once established.
  • It can be pruned to maintain a desired shape and size.
  • Golden privet is susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases, including scale, aphids, and Verticillium wilt.
  • It is considered an invasive species in some parts of the United States.
  • Golden privet can be propagated from seed, cuttings, or root divisions.
  • It is commonly used as a hedging plant or in foundation plantings.

Related plant:
Golden Duranta

Growing Steps

  1. For golden privet, first step is to find a location that has well-drained soil and full sun.
  2. Next, dig a hole that is twice the width and depth of the plant’s root ball.
  3. After that, place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
  4. Once the plant is in its new home, water it deeply.
  5. For the first few weeks, water golden privet every few days to help it get established.
  6. Fertilize golden privet in early spring using a balanced fertilizer.
  7. To encourage growth, prune golden privet in late winter or early spring.
  8. If necessary, control golden privet’s shape and size by pruning it throughout the growing season.
  9. In late fall, apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help protect it over winter.
  10. Finally, monitor golden privet for common pests and diseases and take appropriate action if needed.

Related plant:
Golden Globe Arborvitae

The Soil

About soil condition, golden privet thrives in well-drained, sandy to loamy soil that is neutral to slightly alkaline, but it can also tolerate heavy clay soils. It does not like wet, boggy conditions and is drought-tolerant once established.

Light requirement

Similar to other plants, privet hedges need sunlight to grow. They will do best in an area that gets full sun to partial sun throughout the day. If you live in an area with hot summers, you might want to plant your privet hedge in a spot that gets some afternoon shade. This will help to protect the plants from the harsh afternoon sun and prevent them from getting heat stress.

Good Temperature

The temperature condition that is ideal for growing golden privet is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will not thrive in freezing temperatures.

Humidity Level

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is moderate to high. If the leaves of your plant are wilting or yellowing, it could be a sign that the humidity is too low. Try placing your plant on a pebble tray or humidifier to raise the humidity around it. These plants are also sensitive to drafts, so make sure to keep it away from any vents or open doors.

The Fertilizer

About fertilizer, this plant does best with a light application of a balanced fertilizer in early spring. It's best to use a formula with a relatively low phosphorus content, as this can encourage excessive vegetative growth. Root development is crucial to the health of privet, so make sure the roots have plenty of room to grow.

Plant Pruning

Pruning is an essential part of keeping your golden privet healthy and looking its best. Just like with any plant, pruning helps to encourage new growth and keep the plantfree of any dead or damaged leaves or branches. It also helps to control the size and shape of the plant. Pruning your golden privet is best done in the early spring, before new growth begins. You can also prune it lightly throughout the growing season to keep it tidy. When pruning, always use clean, sharp pruning shears and make sure to cut at an angle just above a leaf node. This will help encourage new growth.

About Propagating

Propagation : Golden privet can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or layering. Seed should be stratified for best results. Cuttings can be taken from semi-ripe wood in late summer and should be rooted under mist. Layering can be done in early summer.

Growth Rate

Usually, the plant growth rate during the spring and summer months, with some continuing to grow into the fall. Some warm weather and adequate moisture are necessary for proper growth. Fertilizer is not necessary, but may be helpful if the soil is poor.

Basic Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are scale and spider mites. The former is a small, hard-shelled insect that latches onto the plant and sucks out the sap, while the latter is a tiny spider that spins a web on the plant and also feeds on the sap. Both of these pests can be controlled with regular applications of insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.

Basics of Growing

  • Do not forget to water your golden privet regularly, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Fertilize your plant every few months to ensure optimal growth.
  • Prune your plant regularly to promote new growth and to keep it looking its best.
  • Place your golden privet in an area that receives full sun for best results.
  • Be sure to plant your golden privet in well-draining soil to prevent root rot.
  • Protect your plant from strong winds to prevent damage.
  • Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, and take action immediately if you notice any problems.
  • Harvest your golden privet regularly to encourage new growth.
  • propagates easily from cuttings, so feel free to take some to start new plants.
  • With proper care, your golden privet will thrive and produce beautiful flowers for many years to come.

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Golden Vicary Privet (Ligustrum x vicaryi)-Hort Answers
Privet Diseases - Penn State Extension
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