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Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Vicaryi'
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A vigorous, semi-evergreen, upright and bushy shrub that can grow to a height of 3m. Its leaves are golden yellow and oval-shaped. Small white flowers in pointed clusters appear between June and July, which are highly attractive to bees. Round black berry fruits are borne in autumn.

Synonyms
Ligustrum 'Vicaryi'
Ligustrum undulatum 'Vicaryi'
see moreLigustrum × vicaryi

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Black
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Oleaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Poisonous if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Ligustrum can be decidous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, entire leaves and panicles of small, often unpleasantly scented white flowers in spring or summer, followed by black or deep purple berries

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained, or moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings, semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1. If grown as a hedge, pruning group 3. Pruning suppresses flowering. Prune two or three times during growing season. Cease pruning in late summer avoid frost damage on new growth

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, leaf mining moths and thrips

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus

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