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About Sunshine Ligustrum

The new Sunshine Ligustrum (Ligustrum sinense ‘Sunshine’ PP20379) from the Southern Living Plant Collection completely reinvents the traditional Privet! It’s coveted for its vibrant golden-yellow, evergreen foliage. This is a true landscaping treasure, and once you know it, you’ll recognize it wherever you see it. New growth emerges as a delicate lime green, which does a phenomenal job of awakening the landscape from its winter slumber. This foliage will continuously intensify as spring turns into summer, at which point they will be a gleaming shade of gold. The more sunlight they get, the better. More sun produces more yellow leaves, while less sun results in more yellow-green foliage.

This Ligustrum proves itself to be incredibly versatile. Its compact and upright form makes for a tremendous natural hedge, no pruning required! At maturity, it reaches only 3-4′ wide by 3-6′ tall.

Consequently, it also lends itself to trimming, if that’s more your speed. Shape this beauty into uniform hedges or small topiaries.

Furthermore, the Sunshine’s petite, oval leaves are perfect for shaping into hard edges. Try a mass planting for a truly impressive display.

Besides being a true beauty, this shrub is drought and heat tolerant, as well as deer resistant. In ideal conditions, it lives up to 30 years!

Sunshine Ligustrum Care

Hardy from USDA Zones 6-10. Therefore, once fully established, it’s capable of withstanding temperatures between -5° and -10° F.

Plant this variety in Full Sun, with 6+ hours being preferable.

Ensure that your plant has well-draining soil. Ligustrum are particularly susceptible to root rot from standing water. Water new plantings 2-3 times per week for the first growing season to help them establish deep root systems.

Fertilize with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer yearly in spring. Alternatively, use a balanced organic fertilizer coupled with a layer of compost to get your plants off on the right foot.

How to Plant:

  1. First, determine your planting location(s) for your Sunshine Ligustrum.
  2. Then, dig a hole three times the width of your plant’s rootball.
    • The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground.
  3. Mix your native soil with a bag or two of rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your growing plant.
    • If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This helps to improve the drainage and breathability around the plant’s roots.
  4. Fill the hole back in around your plant with your soil mixture.
    • Afterward, we recommend applying 3-4 inches of wood mulch around the base of your plant to help it retain moisture.
  5. Soak your new planting to settle the soil and hydrate your plant.

Spacing Recommendations

Plant 2 to 2.5 feet apart for a seamless planting. For space between each plant, plant 4+ feet apart.

Winter Care

  • We recommend providing overnight coverage during hard freezes for the first growing season. In future winters, it will be more prepared to deal with the cold weather in your area.
    • Cover it with a freeze cloth, blanket, or tarp overnight when temperatures are most extreme and there is no sun to warm the plant. Remove the cover in the morning. If you’re going to have multiple days of sub-freezing temperatures, just leave the cover on the ground in front of or next to your plant and place it back over the plant the next night.
  • Some leaf drop may occur in winter, however, new growth will replace it in spring.
  • If you’re planning on pruning/trimming your plant, wait until the threat of frost has passed in spring.

Popular Companion Plants

  • Sunshine contrasts with other plants very easily. Therefore, it’s simple to put together a fantastic display with it. Try it with the Purple Diamond Loropetalum. Both of these varieties have characteristically bold foliage that will really POP when planted together. Otherwise, plant it with an Oakland Holly Tree. The Oakland’s statuesque growth provides a reliable and attractive accent.
  • It also looks great when paired nearly all Encore Azaleas. The Autumn Fire Encore Azalea, in particular, is a dynamite companion. It has dark foliage and bold red blooms that contrasts beautifully with the petite yellow leaves.

Still need some inspiration? Check out this Southern Living Plant Collection Garden Project featuring the Orange Rocket Barberry.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Is the Sunshine Ligustrum Invasive?”

No! This plant is sterile. Therefore, it won’t flower or reproduce in your landscape. This is also good news for allergy sufferers that normally fall victim to ligustrum pollen.

“If it isn’t invasive like other Privet/Ligustrum, can it be shipped to Tennessee?”

Unfortunately, no. Although this plant isn’t invasive, it is still not legal for it to be shipped to Tennessee.

“Is Sunshine Ligustrum Deer Resistant?”

Sort of. It’s certainly not a deer’s preferred meal, however, it isn’t deer-proof. If a starving deer comes through your yard, it may still decide to munch on your Sunshine. Very few plants are genuinely safe from a particularly hungry deer. Boxwoods are one of the few exceptions, as deer tend to find them repulsive.

“Why is my plant more lime-green than yellow?”

New, fresh growth tends to be more lime-green before maturing to yellow, so this could be the issue. However, if the growth isn’t new, oftentimes it’s because your plant isn’t getting enough sun. Try to provide at least 4 hours of direct sunlight. All-day filtered sun can work as well if the sunlight is very lightly filtered.

“One part of my plant is growing dark green.”

This is rare but it does happen from time to time. This plant was selectively cultivated from the traditional Ligustrum sinense to have the gorgeous color and compact growth habit that it’s known for. However, since it still has the original plants genetics in it, every once in a while, a branch may start to exhibit the traditional dark green color. If this happens, it’s easily fixed. Simply snip the green branch at its base, where it meets up with the correct yellow-leafed stems. The plant will fill in around it with the correct growth.

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Why Buy Sunshine Ligustrum Online from

We love the Sunshine Ligustrum and we know you will too. We carefully grow these beauties to ensure they’re happy and healthy. Then, we pick out the best ones, carefully package them, and ship them straight to you. Not happy with your order? Contact us at 1-866-618-5659 or email us at [email protected]. We’ll quickly address your case and do whatever we can to make it right.

Common Name
Sunshine Ligustrum
Scientific Name
Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine' PP20379
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Average Size
3-4' wide by 3-6' tall
Sun Exposure
Bloom Season
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82 reviews for Sunshine Ligustrum

  1. Pat Murphy (verified owner)

    First time customer and bought 6. Delivered in Houston in perfect shape. Their prices are very competitive and delivered to my door!

  2. lhasapoo (verified owner)

    I ordered two of the 2.5 quart size. The plants arrived quickly and in good condition.

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