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Whether as a hedge or standing alone: Goldliguster always cuts a good figure in the garden. In addition, it thrives almost everywhere and with little maintenance.
The Goldliguster (Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum') is a variety of the species Oval-leaved Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) in the genus of privet (Ligustrum). The plant, which originally comes from East Asia, owes its name to the golden yellow to green leaves, which form an attractive contrast to the white inflorescences in summer. The gold privet is equally suitable as a privacy hedge, tub plant, single flowering shrub in the garden or for grave planting.
Flowers, leaves and fruits
Goldliguster bear filigree, panicle-shaped flowers that reach a length of five to ten centimeters. With their milk-white color, they offer an enchanting sight during the flowering period from late June to late July. The evergreen, egg-shaped leaves of the gold liguster are golden yellow on the edges and pale green to dark green in the middle. They grow in opposite directions and become about 5 centimeters long. In autumn, the Goldliguster also bears blue-black, pea-sized fruits. These are not edible for humans, but serve as food for many bird species.
The growth of the Goldliguster is taut upright. In the case of individual trees, the plants can also take on a slightly bulbous, vase-like shape. The shrubs shoot up 20 to 40 centimeters per year! Fully grown Goldliguster grow up to 250 centimeters high and up to 130 centimeters wide.
Location and soil
Goldlusters thrive best in full sun, but can also cope with penumbra. With reduced sun exposure, however, the flower and fruit formation decreases a little. In addition, the color image of the leaves in the partial shade continues to change to the green area.
In terms of the nature of the soil, the gold privet is very adaptable. The shrubs feel most comfortable on a loose, nutrient-rich and humus-rich subsoil. They also thrive on sandy or loamy soil. If the soil is very firm, it is advisable to mix in plenty of garden soil to ensure unimpeded water drainage. Standing water in the ground can lead to root rot.
Its evergreen foliage and the fast and dense growth make the Goldliguster the ideal hedge plant. A well-grown privet hedge is impenetrable to looks and offers excellent wind protection at the appropriate height. In addition, many bird species such as blackbirds, finches or warblers use the privet as a breeding ground. The feathered garden inhabitants also gratefully accept the food supply in the form of the blue-black berries in autumn.
The wind and privacy-protecting properties of the Goldliguster can also be used on the terrace, because the plants can be easily cultivated in tubs. Goldliguster are also well suited for grave design. Because of the rapid growth, regular pruning is essential.
Important care measures
You have to water young golden privet shrubs regularly. A mulch layer of leaves, grass clippings or grass helps to keep the moisture. Older plants, on the other hand, only need water when it is very dry and hot. So grab the watering can about twice a week in the summer months.
It is best to fertilize your Goldliguster twice a year. One at the end of March and the other at the beginning of August. At this time, you should provide the Goldliguster with a slow release fertilizer.
In order for the Goldliguster to grow bushy, you have to cut it regularly. The first time in spring before budding. Then you should remove all frozen and crossing shoots. You can now also cut the Goldliguster into shape. After flowering, the second pruning should be done. You do exactly the same as the first one.