Golden Privet

Golden Privet

The gold privet is one of the most commonly used hedging shrubs in thousands of gardens. It can reach more than 10 feet in height and it has attractive dense yellow foliage which makes it a good choice for privacy shielding uses. Moreover, it will bloom white blossoms in spring and summer which add extra landscaping values for your backyard. They are low-maintenance shrubs and you do not need to spend too much time on handling it.

The ideal location for planting golden privet shrubs is a place with well-drained soil and full sunlight during the day. They can also be planted in partial shading areas and its foliage will turn into green in these areas. The water should be adequate for establishing their root system when newly planted in the garden. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. A layer of mulch can help keep the moisture and suppress the growth of weeds. The privet shrubs should be fertilized twice within a year, once in spring and another time in autumn. The pruning work is an important work to keep your privet shrub in shape. You should thoroughly clean the pruning shears beforehand to lower the risk of infection of diseases. The dead or ill branches should be removed as early as possible. Some crossing branches should also be removed to improve the air flow conditions. The pruning performed in the late summer should do some trimming on those over-grown branches and foliage.

Although gold privet shrubs are healthy for most of the time, there are still some chances that they are infected by some diseases. Some common diseases which will easily infect them include verticillium wilt and powdery mildew. The former will turn the foliage into brown and the latter will leave white dots on the surface of the leaflets. Some fungicide can be used to control the massive spread of these diseases. Apart from these fungi, there are some insects which can also cause damages on the tree like aphids and mites. You should use suitable insecticide to control the situation.

Image provided By John Tann from Sydney, Australia (Small leaf privet flower Uploaded by berichard) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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