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Sunshine Ligustrum

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  • Vibrant Foliage: Sunshine Ligustrum boasts brilliant golden-yellow leaves that retain their color throughout the year, adding a splash of brightness to the garden.
  • Compact Growth Habit: With its dense, compact form, this shrub is ideal for creating low hedges, borders, and foundation plantings, fitting well into various landscape designs.
  • Low Maintenance: Known for its resilience and minimal care requirements, Sunshine Ligustrum is a hardy choice for gardeners seeking a low-maintenance yet visually appealing plant.

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Sunshine Ligustrum, scientifically known as Ligustrum sinense, is an eye-catching evergreen shrub that brightens gardens with its vibrant golden-yellow foliage. This versatile plant is perfect for creating low hedges, borders, and mass plantings. Its compact size and striking color make it a standout feature in any landscape, providing year-round interest with minimal maintenance.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; mature height of 3-6 feet and width of 3-4 feet.

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Pruning: Prune in late winter or early spring to maintain desired shape and size. Regular pruning can help keep its dense, compact form.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth and vibrant foliage.

Winter Protection: Generally hardy, Sunshine Ligustrum requires minimal winter protection. Mulching around the base can help insulate the roots in colder regions.


Plant in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball. Place the shrub in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Space plants 3-4 feet apart to allow for proper air circulation and growth.

Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant. Sunshine Ligustrum prefers full sun to partial shade, thriving in areas with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 6-10

Sunshine Ligustrum thrives in USDA grow zones 6-10, making it adaptable to a variety of climates. It performs well in both cooler northern regions and warmer southern areas, provided it is planted in well-drained soil and receives adequate sunlight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sunshine Ligustrum is a compact shrub that can reach the following dimensions at maturity:

Height: Sunshine Ligustrum typically grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet.
Width: It generally spreads to a width of 3 to 4 feet.

This manageable size makes Sunshine Ligustrum an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and as a colorful accent plant in the landscape. Its dense, bushy growth habit and vibrant yellow foliage provide year-round interest and structure to gardens and outdoor spaces.

Sunshine Ligustrum is known for its relatively fast growth rate. Here are some specifics about its growth:

Annual Growth Rate: On average, Sunshine Ligustrum can grow about 1 to 2 feet per year under optimal conditions.

Optimal Conditions:

Sunlight: Full sun promotes the best growth and vibrant foliage color. Ensure the plant receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil: Well-drained soil with good fertility supports faster growth. Amending the soil with organic matter like compost can enhance growth.

Watering: Regular watering, especially during the establishment period (first growing season), helps the plant develop a strong root system. Once established, Sunshine Ligustrum is relatively drought-tolerant.

Fertilization: Applying a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring can promote healthy growth and vigor.

Maintenance:
Pruning: Regular pruning can help maintain the desired shape and size, and also encourage denser foliage. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

By providing the right care and conditions, you can maximize the growth rate of Sunshine Ligustrum and enjoy its lush, vibrant foliage in your landscape.

The best place to plant Sunshine Ligustrum is in an environment that meets its growing needs and enhances its vibrant appearance. Here are the ideal conditions and placements for planting Sunshine Ligustrum:

Sunlight:
Full Sun: Sunshine Ligustrum thrives in full sun, which enhances its bright yellow foliage. Aim for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. While it can tolerate partial shade, the color may not be as intense.

Soil:
Well-Drained Soil: Plant in well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Sunshine Ligustrum can adapt to various soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils, as long as they have good drainage.
Soil Quality: Although it can tolerate poor soil, amending the soil with organic matter like compost can improve growth and overall health.

Air Circulation:
Good Air Flow: Ensure the planting site has good air circulation to reduce the risk of fungal diseases and promote healthy growth.

Landscape Use:
Hedges and Borders: Use Sunshine Ligustrum to create vibrant hedges and borders. Its dense, bushy growth habit makes it ideal for these purposes.
Specimen Plant: Plant it as a focal point in the garden or landscape to showcase its bright yellow foliage.
Mass Plantings: For a bold statement, plant in groups or masses to create a striking visual impact.
Containers: Sunshine Ligustrum can also be grown in large containers, making it a versatile option for patios, decks, and entryways.

Proximity to Structures:
Foundation Plantings: Plant near buildings, fences, or other structures to add color and interest. Ensure it is at least 3 to 4 feet away from the structure to allow for mature growth and air circulation.

Protection from Extreme Conditions:
Wind Protection: In areas prone to strong winds, choose a sheltered location to protect the plant from wind damage.
Cold Protection: In regions with harsh winters, consider a location that offers some protection from cold winds and extreme temperatures.

By planting Sunshine Ligustrum in these ideal conditions, you can ensure it thrives and adds its vibrant color to your landscape year-round.

When planting Sunshine Ligustrum, spacing is important to ensure healthy growth and optimal appearance. Here are the recommended guidelines for spacing:

Hedges and Borders:
Spacing: For a dense hedge or border, plant Sunshine Ligustrum 3 to 4 feet apart. This spacing allows the plants to grow together and form a continuous, dense barrier.

Individual Specimens:
Spacing: When planting as individual specimens or focal points, space the plants 4 to 6 feet apart. This gives each plant enough room to grow to its full size without overcrowding.

Mass Plantings:
Spacing: For mass plantings or ground cover, you can plant them 3 to 4 feet apart to achieve quick coverage. If you prefer a more open look, space them 5 to 6 feet apart.

Consider Mature Size:
Sunshine Ligustrum typically grows to a height and width of 3 to 6 feet. Providing adequate spacing ensures that each plant has enough room to reach its mature size and promotes good air circulation, reducing the risk of disease.

By following these spacing guidelines, you can ensure that your Sunshine Ligustrum plants grow healthily and achieve the desired effect in your landscape.

Yes, Sunshine Ligustrum stays yellow all year. This evergreen shrub is known for its vibrant, golden-yellow foliage that remains consistent throughout the seasons. Here are some key points about its year-round color:

Evergreen Foliage: Sunshine Ligustrum is an evergreen plant, meaning it retains its leaves and color year-round. Unlike deciduous plants that lose their leaves in the fall, Sunshine Ligustrum keeps its bright yellow leaves through winter, providing continuous color in your garden.

Consistent Color: The golden-yellow foliage does not significantly change with the seasons, ensuring that your landscape has a constant pop of color regardless of the time of year.

Sunlight and Color Intensity: The intensity of the yellow color can be affected by the amount of sunlight the plant receives. Full sun enhances the bright yellow color, while partial shade may result in slightly greener foliage. For the best color, plant Sunshine Ligustrum in a location where it receives plenty of sunlight.

Health and Maintenance: To maintain its vibrant color, ensure the plant is healthy by providing adequate water, well-drained soil, and occasional fertilization. Pruning can also help keep the plant looking its best by encouraging new growth.

By keeping its bright yellow foliage all year, Sunshine Ligustrum adds a lively and attractive element to any garden or landscape.

Sunshine Ligustrum maintains its vibrant appearance throughout the winter, making it an attractive addition to the landscape year-round. Here’s what you can expect:

Foliage Color: The most striking feature of Sunshine Ligustrum is its bright yellow foliage, which remains vivid even during the winter months. The leaves do not change color significantly with the seasons, so you can enjoy the same cheerful, golden-yellow hue in winter as in summer.

Evergreen Nature: Sunshine Ligustrum is an evergreen shrub, meaning it retains its leaves throughout the year. This ensures your garden has continuous color and texture even when other plants have lost their leaves.

Form and Structure: In winter, Sunshine Ligustrum retains its dense, bushy form. It typically grows to a height and width of 3 to 6 feet, making it a good choice for hedges, borders, and mass plantings.

Winter Hardiness: While it maintains its foliage and color, it’s important to protect Sunshine Ligustrum from severe cold spells, as mentioned earlier. In regions with mild winters, it will continue to thrive with minimal protection.

By maintaining its vibrant yellow foliage and evergreen nature, Sunshine Ligustrum provides year-round interest and color to your landscape, even in the winter months.

Sunshine Ligustrum is relatively hardy and can tolerate light frosts and brief periods of freezing temperatures. However, prolonged exposure to severe freezing conditions can damage the plant. Here are some key points about its cold tolerance:

Hardiness Zones: Sunshine Ligustrum is hardy in USDA zones 6-10. In these zones, it can generally withstand winter temperatures, including occasional light freezes.

Freeze Tolerance: While it can survive light freezes, extended periods of temperatures below 20°F (-6°C) can cause damage to the foliage and stems. In regions with harsher winters, additional protection may be necessary.

Protection Strategies:
Mulching: Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant to insulate the roots and maintain soil temperature.
Covering: Use frost cloths or burlap to cover the plant during particularly cold nights. Remove the coverings during the day to allow sunlight and air circulation.
Sheltered Location: Plant Sunshine Ligustrum in a location protected from harsh winds, which can exacerbate the effects of cold temperatures.
Container Plants: If grown in containers, move the plants to a sheltered location, such as a garage or an unheated greenhouse, during severe cold spells.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that your Sunshine Ligustrum survives and thrives even in regions where occasional freezes occur.

Winterizing Sunshine Ligustrum involves a few steps to ensure it remains healthy and protected during the colder months. Here are the key steps:

Watering: Ensure the plant is well-watered before the first frost. Moist soil retains heat better than dry soil, which can help protect the roots. Reduce watering during the winter months, but do not let the soil dry out completely.

Mulching: Apply a thick layer of mulch (2-4 inches) around the base of the plant. Mulch helps insulate the soil, maintaining a more consistent temperature and protecting the roots from freezing. Use organic materials such as straw, pine needles, or shredded bark.

Pruning: Avoid heavy pruning in the fall, as this can stimulate new growth that may not harden off before winter. Instead, do any necessary pruning in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Protection from Wind and Cold: In areas with harsh winters, consider providing additional protection by covering the plant with burlap or frost cloths during particularly cold nights. Remove the coverings during the day to allow sunlight and air circulation.

Container Plants: If you have Sunshine Ligustrum in containers, move them to a sheltered location, such as a garage or an unheated greenhouse, to protect them from freezing temperatures. Ensure the containers are well-insulated.

Fertilizing: Avoid fertilizing late in the growing season, as this can encourage new growth that is more susceptible to winter damage. Instead, apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring.

By following these steps, you can help ensure your Sunshine Ligustrum remains healthy and resilient throughout the winter months.

Yes, Sunshine Ligustrum is drought tolerant once established. Here are some key points about its drought tolerance:

Establishment Period: Like most plants, Sunshine Ligustrum requires regular watering during its first growing season to establish a strong root system. Once established, it becomes more resilient to drought conditions.

Watering Needs: After the establishment period, it can tolerate periods of drought and requires less frequent watering compared to many other landscape plants. However, occasional deep watering during prolonged dry periods will help maintain its health and vibrant foliage.

Ideal Conditions: Sunshine Ligustrum thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, which further enhances its drought tolerance.

By providing the right care during the establishment period, you can ensure that your Sunshine Ligustrum remains healthy and drought-tolerant.

No, Sunshine Ligustrum does not have thorns. It is a thornless variety of Ligustrum, known for its vibrant yellow foliage and compact growth habit. This makes it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and ornamental plantings where thorny plants might pose a problem.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!