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Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Gilt Edge' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Orange in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

oleaster 'Gilt Edge'

Family

Elaeagnaceae


Elaeagnus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, often silvery-scaled leaves, and small fragrant tubular flowers borne in clusters in the leaf axils, and followed by small juicy fruit

'Gilt Edge' is a vigorous medium-sized evergreen shrub with broadly-ovate dark green leaves margined with yellow. Small, fragrant, silvery flowers sometimes followed by orange berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, tolerant of dry soils and coastal winds but may become chlorotic on shallow chalky soils

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Hedging/Screens, Flower borders and beds, Cottage/Informal Garden, Drought Resistant, City/Courtyard Gardens or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

May be vulnerable to elaeagnus sucker but generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by coral spot or a leaf spot (fungal) see leaf damage on woody plants