Sunshine Privet

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Need a fast-growing, hardy shrub with brilliant foliage all year? Sunshine Privet (Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine') is a fast-growing, compact shrub with brightly colored ornamental foliage!

Your Sunshine Ligustrum is a variety of Privet with gleaming golden foliage all summer long. Its golden color is enhanced by sun exposure, so use this in places where its optimal color can be realized! You'll adore how the new leaves emerge light green in the spring before transitioning to their bright colors for summer.

The small oval leaves' glossy surface is a warm invitation to the sun's illuminating rays. It's an excellent plant that doesn't bloom, so it's not invasive at all! Your Sunshine is a broadleaf evergreen that will hold onto its golden color for winter, adding a slight orange tint to spice up the dreary winter landscape!

Panicles of white spring blossoms bring in the butterflies and perfume your landscape, showing off against the chartreuse foliage! By late summer into fall, the flowers become small, glossy bluish-black berries the songbirds arrive in droves to snap up!

This Chinese Privet is a sterile form that won't get into trouble in your environment. It will adapt to many spots in your landscape and its color lasts all year round! Members of the Olive family, these shrubs grow throughout USDA planting zones 6 through 10, growing 3-4 feet tall and wide, but can be pruned and shaped to adapt to your landscape's needs!

Planting and Application:

Vivid and as bright as the sun, these shrubs are fantastic focal points and specimen plants that light up the garden border! Make your home stand out with a foundation planting of these cheerful evergreen shrubs that add their liveliness to your curb appeal all year round!

These make a lively low-hedge, garden-defining border and backdrop that shows off all the other plants before them! A row or evenly spaced planting of Sunshine shrubs would certainly dress up your walkway, creating a cheery welcome for guests!

You can choose to prune Sunshine or leave it in a natural, fluffy form. It can be tightly sheared and clipped to be as informal or formal as you'd like! For a solid hedge, plant your Sunshine hedge 18 - 24 inches apart on center.

This space-saving Privet shrub even works beautifully in the container garden or in large planters around sunny patios and porches, even balconies and decks as privacy and pinpoint shade!

  • Broadleaf Evergreen Shrub With Bright Color
  • Long-Lived Fast Growing Four-Season Interest
  • Pollinator & Bird Friendly
  • Formal & Informal - Natural or Sheared
  • Fantastic Low Hedges, Vivid Specimens, Container Accents & Great for Topiary

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Not fading in the fullest of the summer sun, this brightly leafed shrub handles lots of heat and humidity. Any well-drained type of soil works perfectly for these plants and they do best with regular moisture access. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster for lifelong symbiotic support, and regular moisture access during that first year. Provide a 3-4 inch deep top-dressing of arborist mulch.

Pruning a Privet hedge is easy! Either prune after flowering to shape a natural form and maintain a rounded form. Privet also responds beautifully to renewal pruning. Simply cut the oldest, thickest branches out right to the ground to open up the center of the shrub to more light and air circulation. You can even plan to periodically reduce your shrub right down to the ground leaving no branches above the soil. In a very short period of time, you'll see new shoots quickly develop from the roots and make a whole new plant for you.

For formally sheared shrubs, topiaries, or hedges it is also best done in early spring. Use a string line a bit taller than your desired height or width to keep your lines perfectly straight.

For all hedges, it is always best to keep the lowest part of the hedge the widest and the top of the hedge the narrowest. This method of pruning will ensure nice density right to the ground.

Deer tend to pass Privet by, as do other common pests. These shrubs are salt and coastal condition-resistant, handle urban pollution, and are relatively easy to grow!

  • Heat Tolerant With Best Color In Full Sun
  • Adaptive to a Variety of Soil Conditions
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune or Shear After Flowering
  • Salt & Urban Tolerant, Insect Resistant, Deer Resistant & Mildew Resistant

There is no downside to this remarkable, ornamental shrub so plant one today and begin to reap its rich rewards. Your Sunshine Privet is the type of shrub gardeners love to rave about! Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sunshine Privet Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes