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Variegated Privet

Ligustrum sinense

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Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

6-8 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


3-4 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Ligustrum sinense

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Use Fast Growing Privet Hedges for Colorful Screens Accents and More

Low maintenance hedge & privacy screen
Adaptable to various types of soil
Drought tolerant!

Create a professional-looking hedge with the benefit of low maintenance!

The Chinese Privet is more eye-catching than traditional shrubs, with variegated leaves in tones of silver, green, and yellow.

Ideal for planting in rows... the Chinese Privet makes a wonderful hedge, privacy screen, or property divider.

Requires no pruning to create a rich, natural hedge. But if you prefer the finished look, the Privet maintains its pruned shape long after you trim. Less work for you!

The Chinese Privet is great for concealing areas of your property you don't want seen, like utility boxes.

This carefree shrub is adaptable to various types of soil, and is drought tolerant in maturity.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
11 Reviews
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Perfect for Central Txas!
This says grows to about 8', well here in Central Texas (Glen Rose), I have five I kept trimming bottom branch's off to make topiary's and I can report three are now well over 15' with a spread of 8' or more.
June 21, 2015
Glen Rose, TX
Growing Zone:
Planted ten. One met the weed eater, the other a dog. The survivors are doing great. Thriving in full sun with no water survived a KY summe
January 1, 2013
Verigated Privet
I purchased two variegated privet shrubs to replace three plants that were severely damaged by black mold resulting from our extremely rainy winter this past year in Central Florida.

I received the new plants two days after placing the order. They were well packaged and very healthy. I followed the planting directions and set the plants.

Four weeks later the plants went in to full bloom and grew quickly over the next six months. They now have fully fill the space and I have begun lightly pruning and shaping the variegated privet. The plants are very healthy, have beautiful color and look marvelous...I'm very satisfied with the purchase.
July 26, 2015
over 2 years ago
Fast growing
FAST growing! Virtually maintenance free. I planted a row to cover an old fence last year, and in just one year, the fence is covered! With just a little more growth, I'll have some privacy from my neighbors. They are huge and beautifully rounded- never needs trimming!
September 21, 2016
Winston Salem , NC
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Chinese Privet Hedge
Great company! We looked at all of our local retailers and could not find this particular hedge anywhere. Fast shipping and reasonable prices! I will definitely look here again before going to one of the big box stores!
September 22, 2015
over 2 years ago
Variegated Privet
I order 4 of the 3-gallon variegated privet shrubs. They were delivered very timely and packed very well. They were healthy when they arrived. I planted them the following weekend. I'm anxious to see how fast they grow each year. I'm using them for privacy between my neighbors and me.. thanks
May 18, 2017
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
These are a beautiful addition to the garden - adding another variety of green.
December 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Doing its work
I've been satisfied with the plants. They are doing their thing. I look forward to another growth spurt to provide privacy.
March 7, 2017
over 2 years ago
Nice plant
Nice plant but very slow growth.
May 3, 2017
Lago Vista, TX
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
It's been 3 years an ur fast growing variegated privet bushes r not so fast growing!
July 20, 2017
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Variegated Privet

Variegated Privet Planting Diretions

The Variegated Privet is a low maintenance shrub widely used as hedges or standalone plants. The Chinese privets are more eye-catching than traditional shrubs, with variegated leaves in tones of silver, green, and yellow. This variety known as (Ligustrum sinense) are moderate growers and perform their best in USDA growing zones 7-10. Variegated Privet will mature to a height of 6-8 feet tall and 6-8 feet in wide.

Location: When planting variegated privet, find a location that receives full to partial sun. These can adopt to any soil type as long as it’s moist and well draining.

Planting instructions:
1) Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your variegated privet and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When finished, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.

Watering: Most privets prefer constantly moist soil conditions, as long as the roots aren’t sitting in standing water. Apply water when the top 2 inches of the soil is dried out a bit. When watering your shrub, use enough to moisten the soil down to a depth of 24 inches. This encourages the shrub to grow roots deeper, which helps improve drought tolerance, overall vigor and health of your hedge.

Mulching: Variegated privets, thrive best when protected with a 3 inch thick layer of pine needles, bark or wood mulch. Apply after planting, then monitor throughout the year and replenish the mulch as needed. To avoid fungus and rot, keep the mulch about 2 inches from the trunk. Mulching will also help with keeping the soil moist as well as deter weeds and grass from growing.

Fertilizing: Privets normally do not require fertilization the way that other shrubs would. If needed, you can apply fertilizer once a year in the spring when new growth begins. If you notice the edges on your privet looking pale in color, or if you want to speed up its growth rate, provide a 15-5-10 formula. Just be sure to follow the application instructions on the bag.

Pruning: Variegated privets don’t really need much pruning. Leaving it unpruned allows the shrubs to take on a natural shape. Remove dead and injured branches for a healthier tree in late winter or early spring before new growth appears.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Lois M on Jan 15, 2018
The jury is out, i will add more once i get the plants.

Anthony G on Oct 23, 2017
Lois M on Jan 15, 2018
Looks it will do a good job to create privacy and easy maintenance. My first order will let you know what will happen
Cornelis T on Nov 23, 2017
The jury is out, i will add more once i get the plants.

Anthony G on Oct 23, 2017
Trial as a rapid growth privacy hedge
Richard F on Oct 22, 2017
This variegated Privet would make nice looking in front yard to cover your privetcy
Hien L on Jan 17, 2017
I needed a drought tolerant, fast growing shrub, for privacy in zone 10.
Robert S on Dec 9, 2016
They do well in shade.
Dianna D on Oct 27, 2016
This tree died after delivery. So no words to describe.
Jaime A on Sep 16, 2016
I needed privacy shrubs on one side of my home. I ordered several of these. They were puny and have grown very little after planted. I figured with the rocket root fertilizer they would come back and produce more leaves to fill out, but nothing so far. Wrote to customer service and they don't seem to care.
Anne L on Apr 16, 2016
Fragrant fast growing. Good privacy.
Patrick M on Mar 19, 2016
Fast growing. Privacy
Bart L on Mar 17, 2016
This one is for my front yard in order to block the view.
Harriet L on Jan 20, 2016
Making a fence row in back yard.
Cheryl M on Dec 20, 2015
To beautify and add to shrub area in back of yard.
Maria C on Nov 3, 2015
I have several of these already in my yard. They give a great variety of color and shape.
Anne M on Sep 11, 2015
Looks it will do a good job to create privacy and easy maintenance. My first order will let you know what will happen
Cornelis T on Nov 23, 2017
Trial as a rapid growth privacy hedge
Richard F on Oct 22, 2017
How much area does 3 gallons cover?
Just Me on Sep 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The plants will cover about 15 feet of fence row, planted 5 feet apart.
how fast does the privet grow?
shasta on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I just bought and planted mine this spring and they have already gown so much I think I am going to
lightly trim them just to shape them up for going into the fall. As with any plant, if it is hot and dry,
help the plant out by watering deep down at least once a week. You will be surprised how much
faster they will grow.
how long does it take to reach maturity?
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is a fast grower and will take about 5-7 years to reach its mature size of 6=8 feet.
I just bought 2 variegated Chinese proverb, I live in N.C., I have moist soil, with dappled sun, I have dry soil areas very dry soil, gets full sun, where should I plant them???
Mary R on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I will warn you about one thing with these privet shrubs... if you plant them in the moist soil and only
dappled sun you will have loads of mosquitos. Plant them in the full sun and find a way to water them
when needed. Once they get established these are pretty tough plants. We had them as privacy
hedges as a kid growing up and we couldn't get near them without the mosquitos attacking cause of
the shaded area of the trees near by. We finally cut them down years later. Your moist soil area
is perfect breeding ground for mosquitos . Think carefully how this will affect what you do in the area
of the yard you plant them in.
Will deers eat this particular shrub?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: While deer will eat anything if they get desperate enough and food is sparse the Variegated Privet is not their first choice and is definitely deer resistant.
What growing one is St. Louis mo 63123 in?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: St. Louis MO 63123 is in zone 6.
Can it tolerate a wet area?
Roberta W on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would think as long as it isn't standing water they should be fine. My area I planted in is extremely
dry and so far they are growing good with small amounts of rain and what I can water every other
week. You might mix sand or other material in the soil to help drainage and allow the soil to
dry faster.
When is the best time to plant?
Patti P on Nov 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think the best time to plant is in the fall, just because you don't have the stress of the heat or lack
of rain stressing the plant out . Then in spring it seems to rain so much and this helps any plant get
a good foot hold. I however, have planted these in the spring but then we had a drought this summer
and I had to water them. They are still doing very well for no rain for 41 weeks here and only water I
have given them.
how fast will a privet grow?
shasta on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They do grow fast . And if you trim them as a hedge they seem to grow faster than you
want to have to trim them. I had to trim some in my front yard about every week to two weeks.
does this hedge lose its leaves in the winter ?
Bill C on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do.
is this plant pet safe?
cyndi A on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would say it is. In my childhood We had them on the side of our back yard as a privacy screen between our neighbor's house for over 30 years. In that time we had three bird dogs and at least
15 different cats over the years running loose in that yard. I currently have them across the back end of the
yard for privacy . We have cats and there are neighbor's cats roaming through these bushes with no
will a privet grow in lompoc ca?
mary t on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. You are located in zone 9, and Variegated Privets can be grown in zones 7-11. Please contact us if you have additional questions. We can be reached at 1-888-504-2001.
i will be planting this variegated privet along my back fence line how far apart should i plant them?
lorraine s on Oct 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live in Louisiana and planted mine about four feet apart, I wanted a dense hedge to block my new neighbor's view of my kids. Make sure to fertilize them well when planting them, the last few I planted I ran out of fertilizer and they are not growing as fast.
Are you trees pretreated with pesticides or insecticide?
Rhonda A on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To comply with USDA phytosanitary regulations, we are required to apply a mild chemical treatment to all trees shipped over state lines. This treatment is required to prevent the spread of potentially devastating pathogens from one state to another and is mandatory for all growers. Once your trees arrive, you can use all natural and organic growing techniques to grow organic fruit.
I live in Rockingham North Carolina and i would like to know how well it would grow here?
irma c on Jul 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Variegated Privet will do excellent in Rockingham North Carolina. The climate and region is suited for it.
How tall are the plants you ship?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 3 gallon size is about 1 ft to 1 and 1/2 ft tall.
how does the root system grow? Can I plant it close to a Pool for Privacy?
Daryl R on Feb 22, 2018

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