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The Goldliguster hedge: a natural demarcation
The Goldliguster (Privet Aureum) belongs to the fast-growing, wintergreen shrubs. This means he keeps his foliage in milder areas over the winter. Due to its fast growth, it is optimally suited as a hedge plant. But I also find it as a specimen plant in the form of a high stem because of its golden yellow leaves extremely decorative. Some of the leaves are also green in the middle. Above all, I also appreciate the creamy-white, distinctly scented flowers that this shrub produces in spring / early summer.
Privet 'Aureum' forms a flat, densely branched root system. But not only the roots, but also the branches themselves are densely branched. Its small leaves have a slight golden luster, partly golden yellow, sometimes even golden margins with a green center. Around June / July, the gold privet produces about ten centimeters long upstanding fragrant flower spikes. From them later spherical, black fruits form.
The location question
The location can be in the sun or partial shade. But in order for the Goldliguster to live up to its name, it should be planted in a sunny spot. He also thrives magnificently as a tall trunk, planted in a tub, for example. So he can easily change the location. For example, to decorate the newly created arbor. It tolerates all garden soils from mild to alkaline. Not more than three plants per square meter should be set. The plant can reach a stature height between 1.5 to 2.0 meters. The annual growth is about 20 to 40 centimeters. Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Aureum' is suitable for wintery areas. This shrub can also be planted in rougher areas. For very severe frosts, however, he needs a winter protection.
Very good cut tolerable
If the Goldliguster is not regularly cut from the beginning - which promotes branching - it often grows a bit sparsely. That is, he does not look properly. Too long branches should be cut back to the end of the winter down to a few eyes (about three). Even after fertilizing, a regular pruning of the new shoot is recommended to stimulate the branching.
The resistance and the budding can be promoted in addition to the Pflegeschnittmaßnahmen even by fertilization. For this purpose, the Goldliguster should be supplied once in the spring and once in late June / early July with a tree / shrub / Heckendünger.
Regardless of whether as a hedge or as a high stem, in our currently quite bare garden, the gold privet would provide year-round for a little more color and during flowering also for a fine fragrance.