The Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ is a genus from the Oleaceae family and is commonly named golden privet. The golden privet is a cultivar of the Ligustrum ovalifolium. The Ligustrum ovalifolium has dark green leaves and is native to Korea and Japan.
The golden privet grows reasonably fast and is therefore very suitable for hedges and topiaries (shape pruning). Because of the fresh colour of the leaves this shrub is also nice as a solitaire.
The Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ can grow almost everywhere. The golden privet is tolerant to salt and pollution. It is also tolerant to drought and can grow in almost any soil. The only thing that causes a problem is wet soil. If the Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ does not get enough sun the leaves will turn light green. In order to keep yellow/green leaves it needs sufficient sun.
In mild winters this shrub will be semi-evergreen but with severe frost the golden privet will lose all its leaves. In spring new leaves will grow and this shrub will soon been thickly covered in leaves.
Sometimes branches may develop with the characteristics of the original shrub with dark green leaves. If you like de golden leaves it is best to cut the green leaved branches out.
If the Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ is not pruned in spring it produces clusters of white flowers at the end of the branches in June. These flowers are not very ornamental but give of a strong, sweet scent. I love that scent but apparently there are people that find the smell unpleasant. After bloom little fruits are formed. At first they are green and in autumn they turn black. The golden privet spreads through the seeds in the fruits.
The leaves, flowers and fruits are poisonous to humans, but birds love to eat the fruits. The birds also like to build their nests in the Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’. The flowers attract a lot of bees and butterflies.
Exposure: sun/part shade
Foliage colour: green/yellow
Flower colour: white
Flowering time: June - July
Hardiness: -20 ºC (-4 ºF)
Height: 13 feet 1 inch (4 m)