Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight'
Garden Plant Information

Elaeagnus ebbingei Limelight

 

Elaeagnus ebbingei Limelight - foliage

Name

Elaeagnus xebbingei 'Limelight' (also called Oleaster)

Genus  

Elaeagnus

Species

xebbingei

Cultivar/variety

'Limelight'

General description

Tough, variegated evergreen shrub, grown for colourful foliage and scented winter flowers. Suitable for informal hedging. Can tolerate dry soil and a coastal environment.

Season of interest

All year round.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit upright, bushy and dense. H&S: up to 3m.

  2. Stem round, brownish-grey. Slightly rough.

  3. Leaves lanceolate, glossy and waxy, green splashed with yellow and speckled with silvery markings. Silvery underside.

  4. Flowers drooping in bunches, bell-shaped, silver-cream coloured. Strongly scented.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun or partial shade. Needs some sun to keep variegation.

Soil

Fertile, well drained.

Hardiness

Hardy.

Maintenance

Cut back long or misplaced shoots in late summer and remove any reverted (with all-green leaves) stems. Leaf variegation isn't always immediately obvious on young foliage, as some are slow to colour up, so let them grow to full size before removing what appear to be reverted stems.

 

May be affected by elaeagnus sucker and coral spot.

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.