We love this new variety of Privet, it has smaller leaves with a remakable variation of colours – light creamy yellow at first before fading to creamy white and finally maturing to grey-green with irregular creamy markings, some leaves are almost entirely grey-green, and others almost completely cream, very unusual and always demands a second glance when you walk past it! More mature Ligustrum ibota Musli shrubs will produce nectar rich creamy white flower clusters that are very popular with pollinating insects, later in the season they develop as blue-black berries that are taken by many species of birds.
This is a naturally bushy mainly evergreen shrub that responds well to trimming making it ideal as a more unusual topiary specimen or a very neat and unusual little hedge. Ligustrum Musli is equally suitable as an evergreen backdrop for borders (especially for highlighting darker leaved plants) and they look great in larger containers.
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I love this new small leaved Privet, its changing colours demand a second look every time i walk past them on the Nursery! While you could certainly grow a handsome boundary screen for privacy with 'Musli', i think its most exciting possibilities are as a colourful Box replacement hedge if Box Blight or Caterpillars are giving trouble, its just made for it.
Morris Hankinson BSc (Hort)
Founder and Managing Director
Like other varieties of Privet hedging plants, ibota Musli is a tough plant that will adapt to most situations, even on more exposed sites. Grow them in any soil type as long as good drainage is provided. These colurful shrubs will do well in full sun or partial/moderate shade.
Ligustrum ibota Musli shrubs can be maintained as beautiful small hedges making this a potential replacement for Box hedging where blight is a problem – this would be a very similar plant to Variegated Box in appearance, albeit larger growing. We think these shrubs could certainly be kept at 50cm, maybe even a little lower or you could let them develop into a larger hedge or screen up to 2 metres. Trim them as required during the season, trimming once each season will keep them in good order, twice a year will keep them very neat and tidy, more of a show garden look. (the same applies to topiary specimens too)
Ligustrum Musli would be a good choice to fill more difficult areas in larger groups, the shrubs would need little more than an annual trim to keep them looking tidy.
We recommend adding Rootgrow to the planting holes to give these shrubs the best possible start and encourage faster growth, once well established Ligustrum ibota Musli is a drought resistant and low maintenance shrub.
How to grow Ligustrum ibota Musli
Position: Sun or partial shade
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, leaves stay on the shrub all year. Occasionally some leaves may drop in very cold weather and be replaced with new growth the following Spring.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Early summer
Growth rate: moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread 200cm high x 250cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim as required to maintain the desired shape.