Different web sites tell different things, so not sure what to think.
No, this is a very hardy and easy to maintain shrub.
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.
I brought it inside before the first frost, but accidently set it too close to a heat vent and it seems to have dried it out. It had lots of leaf growth before this. Will it come back? Do I need to prune it? I am actually trying to make a bonsai tree out of it...
I would wait to prune until you know what is actually dead or not. These are hardy down to zone 5, so you will want to leave this outdoors all year.
That is unfortunate about the predicament, especially now knowing that it didn't need to come inside in the first place.
It should recover, but the shape will not be the same. You will have to prune once you see what is still alive to attempt to reshape the damage into a more appealing form.
This article will help you to start shaping a bonsai: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai/first-bonsai.htm
Without a photo we can only make an educated guess; I suspect a "lichen". Lichen comes in different colors and growth habit; it grows on the surface and is not considered a disease, therefore there is no reason to remove it.
There is a slight chance it is a fungus disease, but I can't think of one that appears red on privet branches. There leaf spot diseases but fungus on the stems would be wood rot. If it's growing on exposed heartwood from a wound or pruning cut then it could be a wood decay fungus.
I'm not sure what you mean by "amoeba-like", unless you mean that it appears as formless and spreading on the surface, which could apply to lichen or fungi. Amoeba are microscopic organisms so if you can see it, it's not ameoba.
A picture is worth a thousand words you know. We don't always know the identification, but a photo sure helps. Don
We had a week and a half cold snap ( got down to -3) and now all the leaves on my ligstrums turned brown and many/ most have dropped off. What should I do? I have over 400 of them in a rather long privacy hedge. Can I save them?
There is not much that needs to be done now. You can cut the branches back a little bit after the weather warms back up some, but other than that it will recover on its own just fine.
Here is an article for more information on the shrub: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/ligustrum/growing-ligustrum-shrubs.htm
Most of my Sunshine Ligustrum that where planted in spring of 20116 have lost 90% of their leaves the last two winters. Ligustrum in front yard (SW facing) lost leaves first winter. Ligustrums in front and back yard (NE facing)lost most of their leaves this winter. The leaves come back last summer but growth and appearance does not seem normal. Ligustrums in front and back yard are planted as border along the house edge with dyed wood mulch (black). 3 of the 10 Loropetalums planted do not lose their leaves as severely as the other 7. Loropetalum and dwarf Hollies planted with the Ligustrums are doing well. Thanks
These are adapted for a wide variety of climates. They do act differently in different climate zones. In many areas, they will lose their leaves. They can handle pruning, and often this will restore their vigor. Now would be the time to trim before the growth starts to get aggressive.
Hello. I bought a bonsai from my local flower shop but they couldn't tell me what kind of tree it is. Can you help me please? I would like to know so i could take care of it at the right way. It is loosing its leaves. Thats my first bonsai tree. Thank you
This is a type of Privet, or Ligustrum (Latin nomenclature) This article will give you more information on this shrub: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/ligustrum/growing-ligustrum-shrubs.htm
Hi there. My partner came home the other day with lumps on his arm and hand after brushing against a ligustrum hedge. He said it was a sap like substance that got on his skin. My question is this: is it a common reaction or does he have an allergy to the plant himself. Also despite washing sap off he touched his mouth with that hand (lump had leaked puss) and now he has a lump on his lower lip, he's worried its contagious. Is it?
Privet berries are poisonous for dogs as well as humans and the leaves can be even more toxic in large quantities. Toxicity is due to the presence of terpenoid glycosides.
You can call Poison Control to see if they have any toxicity info on plant contact.