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‘Sunshine’ Ligustrum

Ligustrum sinense ‘Sunshine’ PP20379

Ideal as a hedge in the landscape, Sunshine Ligustrum offers year-round golden foliage that flourishes in full sun. This sterile, non-invasive cultivar will not re-seed into the landscape. In fact, it doesn’t bloom at all, which is good news for allergy sufferers!


Full Sun to Part Shade


7a - 10b


1-2′ H x 4-5′ W

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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 your Sunshine Ligustrum, 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.
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