Ligustrum lucidum ‘Excelsum Superbum’

Chinese Privet, Glossy Privet, Broad-leaf Privet

Ligustrum lucidum ‘Excelsum Superbum’ is a captivating evergreen shrub, or small tree, with variegated, glossy leaves and an upright growth pattern. Flourishing in well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun, it can reach heights of 4.5-6 metres, and bears clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring, followed by blue-black berries.

Its durability and ornamental charm make it a sought-after choice for hedges or stunning standalone features in landscaping projects.

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Origin: Southern China
Genus: Ligustrum
Species / Cultivar: lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum'
Common Name: Chinese Privet, Glossy Privet, Broad-leaf Privet
Synonym: Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Part Shade
Enjoys direct sun most of the day, but tolerant of fewer sunlit hours or light dappling.
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ligustrum lucidum ‘Excelsum Superbum’ thrives in well-draining soil and benefits from partial shade to full sun exposure. Moderate watering is necessary, especially during the establishment phase. Pruning for shape is recommended but minimal, usually conducted after the flowering period.

This variety can attain heights of 4.5-6 metres with a similar spread, making it ideal for hedges or as a standalone specimen. Its evergreen nature and adaptability to various soil types make it a versatile choice, perfect for adding structure and charm to garden landscapes.


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