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PlantFiles: Golden Vicary Privet, Golden Ligustrum
Ligustrum x vicaryi

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligustrum (lig-GUS-trum) (Info)
Species: x vicaryi

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive glb360 On Feb 15, 2013, glb360 from Grand Prairie, TX wrote:

I love this shrub. I bought it two years ago on the discount shelf at Lowes and it has been trouble-free!

No pests, a fast grower with drought, heat and cold tolerant qualities along with a beautiful chartreuse color on new growth. During the winter this evergreens leaves turn a purple/black color.

Im letting it go wild and will probably give this baby its first haircut soon.

If it matters any, I have clay soil, dont fertilize, barely water, and its against a brick wall which faces south. Grand Prairie, TX zone 8

Positive PerennialConnection On Jan 7, 2013, PerennialConnection from Albion, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this privet. It is endlessly versatile...full sun to nearly full shade. It not only tolerates, but thrives in many soil situations. It can be trimmed to stay very small, or you can let it grow to a nice, rounded, 6 feet or more. The leaf color is a bright chartruese, that when used as an accent leaf color in the garden, can effect a VERY striking display. I can't attest to the scent of the flowers, but the rich purple of its autumn leaves is stunning. The leaves are held long into winter in Michigan.

Positive vossner On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

APRIL 2010: This is a new plant for me. It is as golden as Cuban Gold duranta, but hardier.

JUNE 2011: Has been a fast grower and a very easy plant. I am trying to created a yellow hedge w/ this plant--this spring it was positively spectacular. As we get to the height of summer, the interior foliage turns from yellow to light green. Still, the outer tips are as yellow as can be. Highly recommend this plant.

Neutral Meig On Jul 13, 2007, Meig from Far Northwest 'burbs, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Flowers have an awful scent.

Neutral kman_blue On Sep 30, 2006, kman_blue from (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant was the big rage around my area back in the late 1970's through the 1990's to plant with purple leaved cherries/plums or red barberries for a truely gaudy display. Some of these still can be seen around, but they don't seem to be nearly as popular anymore. Perhaps I wasn't the only one whose eyes they hurt to look at. They don't seem to be spreading by seed and hence don't have the invasiveness which many other Privets seem to have, especially the Glossy Privet (Ligustrum lucidum).


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

Apopka, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Round Lake, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Bend, Oregon
Piedmont, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Friendswood, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Hallettsville, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Suffolk, Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia

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