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PlantFiles: Variegated Chinese Privet
Ligustrum sinense 'Variegata'

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: sinense (sy-NEN-see) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Variegatum)

Synonym:Ligustrum villosum

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral smbaxter1265 On Jan 4, 2015, smbaxter1265 from Marietta, GA wrote:

I have positive and negative... the bad: my previous 50 year old home had this plant and there was no removing it short of heavy machinery. Ironically in my new home, I had to rely on it to create a fast growing privacy hedge underneath a grove of large pines. My house was too close to a party neighbor's deck and pool.

Positive Southernbell421 On Nov 12, 2011, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I just planted one of these recently and hope it does well!
I love the color of the leaves, the soft texture, and the weeping of the branches. Can't wait to see if it gets any flowers in the spring, that would be a bonus.

Positive lyndongolden On Jul 16, 2008, lyndongolden from Houston, TX wrote:

I have had very good luck with these privets in the Houston, TX area. Low maintenance, and require very little water once established. Although they look weak & spindly the first season, they will fill-out in time. I have two that fluffed up to 5 and 6 feet tall with nearly zero maintenance, and now they provide a nice "visual anchor" in the lawn. Since they can span-out about 4 feet, it's best not to plant anything else too close to them (which is easy to do when these shrubs are young and look narrow) since it will get crowded and concealed once the privet matures and broadens. The soft, whispy limbs and foliage are a nice contrast up against a brick home.

Positive DATURA12 On Feb 14, 2008, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I use this plant for topiaries, they are easy to shape.

Positive seacure On Nov 6, 2006, seacure from Charleston, SC wrote:

This plant has experienced explosive growth in our zone in only two years, and now needs major pruning back, as it is shading and hurting neighboring plans.

Negative MotherNature4 On Apr 24, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is listed as a Category I Exotic Pest Plant throughout Florida. The seeds are spread by birds.

Negative Magwar On May 20, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very spindly looking right looking right now, and I disklike the way that it looks. Probably will dig it up and donate it to someone who prefers this shrub.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Jacksonville, Florida
Marco Island, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Charlotte, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Cleburne, Texas
Denton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Whitesboro, Texas

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