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Ligustrum ovalifolium 'Maculatum'

3rd January 2009

The Japanese Privet is so common as a hedging plant that it is almost overlooked, and the Golden Privet is a well known variegated form. This one is less well known, and it always astonishes me that it survives at all, it is unbelievably unstable. Every couple of years I have to cut out the green shoots, and that usually involves removing 90% of the growth. When it does produce variegated shoots they are amazing, but the shrub always looks as though half of it is missing, which is the unfortunate truth.