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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Coos Bay, Oregon

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Piedmont, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Friendswood, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Suffolk, Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 27, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This fast growing, cheap plant used to be planted a fair amount in the Chicago, IL, area in the 1960's and 70's. During a really cold winter it would die to the ground, but come back usually, though not always. There are some hardier strains now. If someone really has to have this mutated cultivar that first occurred in the garden of Vicary Gibbs in England; a cross of the European Privet with a yellow foliaged California Privet, one should cut it low to the ground every so often so it does not get big and straggly.


On Nov 2, 2015, tinyrubies from Coos Bay, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Has grown to nearly four feet from a gallon in 3 years with almost no care except once a year fertilizer thrown around the base. Sparkles in the winter landscape when everything is dull here in rainy western oregon. Highly deer resistant.


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


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.


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.

JULY 2015: changing rating to neutral b/c it loses its beautiful yellow foliage if you prune. Plan location so that it grows freely, that way you will always enjoy yellow foliage. If your gardening style or location dictates pruning, it will not meet color contrast expectations. Also avoid overwatering or placing near sprinkler head. It d... read more


On Jul 13, 2007, Meig from Far Northwest 'burbs, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

Flowers have an awful scent.

May 2015: does not enjoy the drying winter winds at my new house. Grew ok in an open area for a couple of years but has now experienced a lot of die off. Will be replacing with golden barberry for durability.


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).