How to Care for a Golden Privet Shrub

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The golden privet is a hedge and landscaping shrub that thrives best in hardiness zone five. It can reach up to 12 feet in height and produces bright yellow and gold foliage. While it does require full sun and regular watering, the golden privet can handle heavy pollution and almost any soil condition. This hardiness makes it an appropriate landscaping choice for city dwellers.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • General purpose, slow-release fertiliser
  • Pruning shears

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  1. 1

    Select a planting site that can accommodate the golden privet's eventual size. It can reach up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, though regular winter pruning can keep the size under control.

  2. 2

    Keep the golden privet in a site that receives full sun, which is at least eight hours of direct sunlight per day.

  3. 3

    Water the plant once a week, or frequently enough to keep the soil moist. If you have extremely dry or hot summers, you may have to increase the watering to twice a week.

  4. 4

    Apply a general purpose, slow-release fertiliser to the soil around the golden privet, according to the directions on the package, in the early spring before the plant begins to produce new growth.

  5. 5

    Do not shear the golden privet, which involves shaping it with hedge clippers. This action will damage the appearance of the foliage. In the winter, use garden shears to remove any dead or damaged branches. Cut any branches that are too long back to the branch collar near the trunk. The golden privet does best when you don't try to control the shape.

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