LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Shrubs play a vital role in the landscape for several reasons, and having an easy-care shrub can offer numerous benefits. Shrubs are important for providing framework in the landscape and they are the backbone of a good design to provide stable and defined structure. They are integral to creating borders, hedges and focal points while also adding depth and visual interest.
Shrubs can be used to create hedges, used as natural screens and used to filter out noise in addition to blocking unwanted views. These plants provide habitat for wildlife and contribute to the biodiversity of the ecosystem. They also can provide seasonal or year-round interest and, of course, help stabilize soils.
The advantage of incorporating low-maintenance varieties reduces the amount of time and effort required to care for these in the landscape in addition to reducing the amount of chemicals used to keep them healthy. This is good news for all you busy gardeners and those of you with limited gardening experience or those looking for better ways to budget your time.
One such shrub is Sunshine Ligustrum (Ligustrum sinense). Sunshine Ligustrum is a great choice for a reliable, easy-care shrub that adds a burst of sunniness to any landscape. With its vibrant yellow and lime green foliage, versatile growth habit and minimal maintenance requirements, this remarkable plant has quickly become a favorite among both seasoned gardeners and beginners alike.
The shrub is a compact, evergreen shrub and showcases stunning variegated leaves, displaying a delightful blend of bright yellow and green hues. Its foliage not only provides a year-round visual delight but also serves as a perfect backdrop to highlight other plants in the garden. Unlike other ligustrums or privets, sunshine ligustrum is sterile and non-invasive so it won’t create flowers that plague many allergy sufferers, and it won’t reseed itself.
One of the standout qualities of Sunshine Ligustrum is its adaptability. It thrives in a variety of conditions from full sun to partial shade, making it suitable for almost any garden setting. Its compact size, reaching an average height of 4 to 6 feet and width of 4 feet, allows it to fit into smaller spaces with ease, making it an excellent choice for urban gardens, patios or borders.
Garden enthusiasts and landscapers appreciate the low-maintenance nature of this shrub. Once established, sunshine ligustrum requires minimal care, making it an ideal choice for busy individuals or those new to gardening. It has a high tolerance for drought, heat and various soil types, reducing the need for frequent watering or extensive soil preparation.
Unlike other plants that require constant pruning to maintain their shape, Sunshine Ligustrum has a naturally compact and rounded growth habit. This means less time spent on trimming and shaping, allowing gardeners to focus on other aspects of their landscape.
Another significant advantage of Sunshine Ligustrum is its resistance to common pests and diseases. This hardy shrub shows remarkable resilience, ensuring that it remains healthy and vibrant throughout the seasons and requires less inputs from the gardener.
The popularity of this easy-care shrub continues to grow as more and more people discover its versatility, durability and visual appeal. Its ability to thrive in various climates coupled with its stunning foliage and minimal maintenance needs makes the Sunshine Ligustrum an invaluable addition to any garden. Its bright colors will bring joy and beauty to your garden for years to come.
Sunshine Ligustrum is a reliable shrub for year-round interest in the landscape. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter
The foliage of Sunshine Ligustrum is bright yellow when planted in full sun. Photo by Randy LaBauve/LSU AgCenter
A mass planting of Sunshine Ligustrum can provide a pop of bright yellow color in the landscape. Photo by Randy LaBauve/LSU AgCenter