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Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' (Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
8m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum'

Other names

Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum', Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum'

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Variety or Cultivar

'Excelsum Superbum' _ 'Excelsum Superbum' is a small evergreen tree or large shrub with shiny, dark-green, ovate leaves that have lighter green markings and creamy margins. In summer and autumn, it bears fluffy panicles of cream flowers that may be followed by small, black berries.


Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Some may find the scent of the flowers unpleasant

Tree shape

Rounded

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream in Summer; Cream in Autumn

Foliage

Light green, Cream, Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips

Honey fungus Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Hedge pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Stop pruning in late summer avoid frost damage on new growth.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' (Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum') will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained or well-drained in sun or partial shade. Suitable for use as a hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum'

Other names

Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum', Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum'

Genus

Ligustrum Ligustrum

Variety or Cultivar

'Excelsum Superbum' _ 'Excelsum Superbum' is a small evergreen tree or large shrub with shiny, dark-green, ovate leaves that have lighter green markings and creamy margins. In summer and autumn, it bears fluffy panicles of cream flowers that may be followed by small, black berries.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Some may find the scent of the flowers unpleasant

Tree shape

Rounded

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer; Cream in Autumn

Foliage

Light green, Cream, Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leaf mining moths , Thrips

Specific diseases

Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Hedge pruning group 2 if grown as a hedge. Trim new growth back by 15cm every time it has grown approx. 30cm. Stop pruning in late summer avoid frost damage on new growth.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' (Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum') will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 8m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Grows well in any moist but well-drained or well-drained in sun or partial shade. Suitable for use as a hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' (Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum')

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Ligustrum lucidum 'Excelsum Superbum' (Chinese privet 'Excelsum Superbum')

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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