How To Care For Sunshine Ligustrum In Winter?

Sunshine Ligustrum is a hardy shrub that can be grown in most parts of the world. It prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade as well. Sunshine Ligustrum has few requirements and is not picky about soil types, making it a good choice for your yard or garden if you want to add some color but don’t want to worry too much about your plants.

Sunshine Ligustrum is a popular evergreen shrub that adds a pop of color to your garden. It loves to grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones  6 through 10, with an average height of 3-6 feet.

It’s also known as Chinese privet or Golden privet, and it’s a great option for your landscape if you’re looking for something that’s easy-to-care-for and durable.

How To Care For Sunshine Ligustrum In Winter?


During the winter, your Sunshine Ligustrum will need to be watered less often. In fact, you’ll only need to water it once every two weeks.

Place your hand on the soil and feel for moisture. You can also use a moisture meter if you have one available so that you know exactly how much water needs to be added. If the soil feels dry, water your plant. If it doesn’t, wait another week or two before watering again.

Sunshine Ligustrums cannot tolerate wet roots over the winter because they can become susceptible to root rot or other diseases. To avoid this problem, make sure you don’t overwater your plant and always let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.


Fertilizing your Sunshine Ligustrum during the winter is important to keep the plant healthy and growing.

Fertilizing will help keep your plant healthy and strong even during the winter months. It also helps to prevent pests and diseases, which can be more of a threat when the weather is cold and wet.

You want to make sure you’re using a slow-release fertilizer, which will provide nutrients throughout the entire growing season. You can buy this at most garden centers or online.

When fertilizing, it’s important to water your plant first to make sure that any fertilizer that is applied gets absorbed by the soil. Then apply a small amount of fertilizer according to the directions on its packaging.


Winter is a great time to prune your Sunshine Ligustrum. While you can prune any time of the year, winter is the best time to do it.

The best way to prune during winter is to wait until it’s over. Once it’s over, you can cut off any dead branches or stems with sharp pruning shears or loppers. Also remove any small branches that are growing toward the center of the plant. Remove all suckers that have grown from its base.


Mulching is a crucial part of caring for your Sunshine Ligustrum in the winter. It protects the plant from extreme cold, prevents moisture loss and keeps the roots warm. Mulching your tree also helps control weeds, prevents soil erosion and reduces erosion of nutrients by rainfall.

If you’re not sure how to mulch your Sunshine Ligustrum, there are two ways to do it: with shredded leaves or with hay. Shredded leaves are best if you have access to them; they should be raked up from your yard and spread over the base of your tree. Hay can also work, but it’s not as good at insulating as shredded leaves because it doesn’t have much air space between its fibers so use this option only if you can’t get your hands on any other kind of mulch.

Pests and Diseases

Sunshine Ligustrum is a beautiful shrub that’s great for adding color to your yard, but it can be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases.


Aphids are the most common pests of Sunshine Ligustrum, and they can be found on the underside of leaves. They are tiny, with a pear-shape body and wings that are usually green or yellow in color. The best way to get rid of aphids is by spraying them with water from a hose; they will die if they get too wet, but they can also be killed with soap or insecticidal spray.


Mites are another common pest of Sunshine Ligustrum. They can be identified by their eight legs and red coloration on their backsides; they live in colonies under bark or soil that surrounds the tree’s roots. To get rid of mites, you should prune off any diseased branches or leaves and spray your tree with insecticidal oil every two weeks for at least three weeks straight (repeat this process until your infestation is gone).

Scale Insects

Scale insects are small insects that attach themselves to the leaves of your Sunshine Ligustrum and suck the sap from them. They can cause yellowing of the leaves, slowed growth, or leaf drop. There are several different types of scale insects. You may need to use more than one treatment method to get rid of them.

Vine Weevil

The vine weevil is a beetle that lays its eggs in new shoots and then feeds on the plant’s roots. They can cause damage to the roots of your Sunshine Ligustrum and if left untreated can kill your tree altogether. If you find signs of vine weevils such as holes in your plants’ trunks or wilting leaves you should take action immediately!

Winter Moth Caterpillars

Winter moth caterpillars are brownish-yellow caterpillar larvae that feed on the leaves of your Sunshine Ligustrum during spring through fall months when temperatures are warm enough for them to survive outside (about 50 degrees F). If left unchecked they will eat all of your Sunshine Ligustrums’ leaves leaving it bare and vulnerable until next spring when new growth starts again.

Leaf Spot

The most common disease of Sunshine Ligustrum is the fungal disease known as leaf spot. This disease can cause unsightly brown spots on the leaves, which can eventually lead to defoliation and death of the tree. Leaf spot is most often caused by Phyllosticta ligustri, but other fungi can also cause the same symptoms. The best way to protect against leaf spot is to keep your plant properly watered and fertilized in order for it to grow well and be strong enough to fight off any infections.

Powdery Mildew

If your Sunshine Ligustrum has lost its leaves or they’re turning yellow and falling off, you might have a fungus called powdery mildew on your plant! Powdery mildew is most likely caused by overwatering or poor drainage in the area where you grow your plants, so make sure that there are no standing pools of water near them and if there are, don’t let them sit there for more than two days.

Also make sure that the ground around them is well-drained and not compacted with heavy traffic this will help prevent root rot and fungal diseases like powdery mildew from developing on your Sunshine Ligustrum’s roots as well as its stems and leaves.


How hardy is Sunshine Ligustrum?

Sunshine Ligustrum is a very hardy plant. It can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit and it does not fare well in wet conditions. Sunshine Ligustrum prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Sunshine Ligustrum is an excellent choice for hedges and privacy screens, especially in urban areas where it requires little care or maintenance. The tree is resistant to many insects and diseases, including deer browse, so it can be left to grow without much interference.[su_youtube url=”” width=”500″ height=”360″]


I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and learned a thing or two about Sunshine Ligustrum care during the winter months. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

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