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Sunshine Ligustrum

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 10
  • Height 3 - 6 Feet
  • Spread 3 - 4 Feet
  • Full Sun

Sunshine Ligustrum is an evergreen shrub with year round golden foliage. Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine' does great in warmer climates, and flourishes in full sun. It can handle hot summer days in the warmest climates. The plant is sterile & non-invasive. It also does not bloom at all, which is great for people who suffer from allergies. We love using this plant as a privacy hedge or garden border that has leaves year round. It is also very hardy and easy to care for, which is ideal for people with not a lot of free time or have brown thumbs.

Sunshine Ligustrum Care

This plant does best in full sun, which means at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. You need to plant in well-drained soil, as privet cannot tolerate soggy feet. The bush can adapt to most well drained soils. Water frequently to help the plant get established. After that the plant is quite drought and heat tolerant. We recommend adding mulch to the base of the shrub to help maintain moisture to the soil, and help protect shallow roots from harsh weather conditions. You can prune Sunshine Ligustrum almost any time of the year. Although pruning is not needed, as the shrub has a clean shape and does not grow past 6 feet tall. Do not prune close to the first frost of the year. Trim any dead or sick branches throughout the year as necessary. Fertilize in early spring using a slow release formula. But fertilizing is not typically needed, unless you have poor soil conditions.

Sunshine Ligustrum Spacing

Plant these shrubs at least 3 to 4 feet apart, center on center. If planting as a hedge, space these out 28 - 36 inches apart, center on center. These are also great in garden planters, to provide a great background for other colorful blooming plants. If planting as a landscaping border or in mass plantings, you can plant 4 to 6 feet apart, center on center.

Sunshine Ligustrum Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Color(s): Bright Yellow
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3-6 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Habit: Clumping, Upright
Watering: Medium
Features: Interest Year-Round
Scientific Name: Ligustrum sinense 'Sunshine' PP20379
Common Name: Sunshine Ligustrum
Brand: Southern Living Plants


*Please note due to agriculture restrictions we are not allowed to ship these into the state of Tennessee. 

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Speical Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On speical orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
  • What areas does the plant has to travel through from our nursery to your home?
  • Is the plant at the nursery ready to ship.
    • The plants from the South will naturally be ready sooner than the plants from the North (If you have questions or concerns about when a plant will ship please email us at info@plantaddicts.com)


  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Fall into Winter

  • We’ll ship all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


  • Get your order in now to reserve you plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards the beginning of the following week from your order date. We put together this helpful guide for what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

3 Reviews - Sunshine Ligustrum Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5
    great in planters

    Posted by Dwayne on Nov 8th 2018

    I put one of these in each of my 2 planters. I really like the yellow leaves mixed with the other plants I have planted in there. Not sure what everyone's complaints are about with the small plants, these were exactly what I was expecting when I ordered a quart size.

  • 1
    not happy

    Posted by Jordan on Nov 2nd 2018

    I planted this in my yard, but it died over the winter. I'm not happy. Won't be purchasing through this website again. What a ripoff.

  • 5
    evergreen hedge

    Posted by Ashley on Feb 19th 2018

    I planted this into a privacy hedge to add a unique color to my landscaping. The plants are doing great, and look so cool! I was very happy with my purchase!