Cutting gold ligusters - a lot of work awaits!

Cutting gold ligusters - a lot of work awaits!

Parenting cut hedge

A living hedge is usually designed with gold liguster. It must branch out abundantly in order for it to function as a privacy screen. In addition, a thickly leafy wood looks more attractive. Start cutting when you are planting:

  • Cut the gold liguster back to approx. 15 cm when planting
  • then let it grow about 30 cm
  • Cut again as soon as it is about 50 cm high
  • cut back by 5 cm from all sides
  • cut back every four weeks if the growth habit is strong

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Parenting cut solitaire

A gold league also reaches heights of 2 to 3 m as a solitaire. It needs a stable framework and plenty of branches for a nicer crown.

  • raise with 7-12 basic shoots
  • shorten the strongest shoots
  • Remove weak shoots completely
  • slim down new shoots in the following year

Maintenance cuts

From a height of 50 cm, the gold league must have a maintenance cut at least once a year. Two cuts per year are even better, as this wood can grow up to 60 cm annually. Privet hedges in particular can quickly lose their shape without a second cut.

Ideal time

The optimal time for the pruning is at the end of February / beginning of March, before the gold league starts sprouting again. The second cut should be done in the summer after flowering.

The strong growth may require a third cut in autumn. But this harbors dangers. In this way, it will stimulate new growth that cannot become winter hardy in time and will consequently freeze to death on frosty days.


A cut after flowering prevents the small blue-black berries from ripening. These are popular with many species of birds. But they are poisonous for us humans and our pets.

Instructions for cutting

  • use disinfected secateurs
  • Cut thick branches with a hedge trimmer (€ 135.56 at Amazon *)
  • Cut off dry, broken and frozen branches
  • remove branches growing inwards
  • Shorten the remaining branches to the desired length
  • cut diagonally
  • over an outward going eye


Cut off shoots with a length of about 20 cm can be used for propagation. After they have been allowed to take root in the water for weeks, they are planted in autumn.

Trapezoidal shape

If the gold liguster is part of a hedge, it is cut in different widths. It gets narrower and narrower from bottom to top. This trapezoidal shape is ideal because it does not shade the lower branches. This prevents the hedge from becoming bald.

Cut the high trunk

Goldliguster can also be grown as a standard stem. The trade already offers refined and trained specimens for sale. The maintenance cuts serve to dense branching and to maintain the round crown shape.