Ligustrum ovalifolium Aureum (Golden Privet)

Golden Privet


Bareroot from November to April

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You can pre-order these plants from our webshop from 1st June, for delivery mid-November onwards.

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 0+2 2.84 1.84 1.64 1.56 1.42
60-80cm 0+2 3.64 2.35 2.11 2.00 1.82

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Minimum order values
Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for existing customers and £75.00 + VAT, excluding delivery, for new customers. Orders under those values can be placed via Trees & Hedging, our online webshop.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £750 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery, please view our delivery page.


Golden Privet is a variation of the Japanese, or Oval-leaved Privet, with bright golden leaves. Semi-evergreen, it has some of the brightest leaf colour of any species, seen at its best in winter. Fast-growing, it is most often seen as a hedge in town gardens, it also makes an excellent free-growing shrub, or it can be clipped into topiary shapes which are highly ornamental, and less costly than more traditional topiary specimens.

Site and soil

Golden Privet will do well in most soils apart from very wet sites. It is wind and pollution tolerant, good on coastal sites, but should be given good light conditions.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 4m x 4m
After 20 years: 4m x 4m

Leaf and bark

The leaves are glossy, oval, 6cm long and semi-evergreen. The centre is green, deeply margined with bright golden yellow. The bark is greyish-brown, spotted with lenticels.

Flower, seed and fruit

The tiny tubular creamy-white flowers are borne in panicles 10cm long in July. They are followed by clusters of glossy black berries. The berries are poisonous to humans, but relished by birds.


Hedges, screening, topiary, specimen shrub.


Bees and other insects are attracted to the flowers and a number of moths including the Copper Underwing and Mottled Beauty are supported by this plant.


Hedges should be trimmed every 4-6 weeks in the growing season.