General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 8-10 feet
Plant Spread: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Bright yellow, aging to chartreuse yellow-green and turning purplish-red in fall. Foliage color mostly green if grown in lower light.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small purplish-black drupes, each containing one to four seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Common names
  • Golden Privet
  • Golden Ligustrum
Also sold as:
  • Ligustrum Vicaryi

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 8, 2020 9:17 AM concerning plant:
    The Golden Vicary Privet was a hot item in the 1960's to the 1990's with its yellow foliage. However, that bright yellow foliage turns yellowish-green when summer's heat arrives and it gets more yellow again during cooler autumn temperatures. I've always considered it as one of those cheap, junk plants that nurseries still sell to the gardening public that has not been trained to appreciate higher quality plants. I still see it occasionally in homeowner yards in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, ugh!. Back in the 1970's into 90's, I noticed that in the Chicago area of USDA Zone 5a, Vicary Privet often suffered from winter damage or even died, having border-line cold hardiness there. Breeders have found two slightly more cold hardy cultivars of 'Storzinger Strain' and 'Hillside' that really work in Zone 5a, and the former cultivar is good to Zone 4. Vicary Priver originated in the garden of Vicary Gibbs in Middlesex, England before 1920. This hybrid is a cross between the European Privet (l. vulgaris) x the Golden California Privet (L. ovalifolium 'Aureum').
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Jan 26, 2012 9:52 AM concerning plant:
    This does NOT like to get dried out. Needs almost constant moisture. Not good for highplains desert area like mine.

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