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Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Zone
Zones 2-24, 32-41, H1, H2
Full SunPartial Sun
Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Leaves and fruits cause gastric distress if ingested.

Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’

Vicary Golden Privet
Oleaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

LIGUSTRUM

Most widely used as hedges, though one type is a street tree; can also be clipped into formal shapes and featured in tubs or large pots. All bear abundant, showy clusters of white to creamy white flowers in late spring or early summer (some people find the scent unpleasant). Flowers attract bees. Clipped hedges bloom less heavily, since shearing removes most of the flower-bearing branches. Blossoms are followed by small blue-black berries; birds eat them, thus distributing seeds. Most privets grow well in any soil.

Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’

This is a hybrid between the Japanese L. ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ and the European L. vulgare. Grows to 8–10 ft. tall and wide. Yellow leaves; color is most pronounced on plants in full sun. Best planted alone; color does not develop well when the plant is regularly sheared.

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