Eleagnus Ebbingei

Elaeagnus x ebbingei: How to Grow

Eleagnus Ebbingei

As robust as it is attractive, Elaeagnus × ebbingei or Ebbinge’s Silverberry is a large, compact multi-stemmed evergreen hedging plant with highly distinctive foliage…

Elaeagnus × ebbingei Foliage

Thick, broad evergreen leaves have a silvery sheen on their underside with a dark, near metallic sea-green above.

Flower

Cream flowers in autumn. They produce orange berries in winter.

Scent

Sweetly fragrant.

Hardiness

As robust as they come.

Aspect

Will thrive in a sheltered or exposed location. An excellent choice for coastal gardens.

Ease of maintenance

Extremely easy.

Specialist care

Apply an annual mulch in spring. No other special care is required.

NB: When applying a mulch to any plant, always ensure you leave the area around stems free. This will prevent rotting.

Pruning

Prune in late summer to maintain shape.

Drought Resistance

Excellent

Soil pH

Acid, through neutral to alkaline.

Soil Type

This plant will grow well in loam, clay, sand or chalk. It may become chlorotic* on shallow chalk.
* “Chlorosis is a condition in which leaves produce insufficient chlorophyll and turn pale, yellow or yellow-white.” A full explanation will be posted soon.

Moisture

It prefers moist but well-drained soil. However, it will grow in heavy clay.

Light

Happy in locations providing full sun to partial shade.

Compactness

A large, multi-stemmed and compact hedging plant.

Height

2.5-4.0m

Spread

2.5-4.0m

Rate of Growth

Fast. A perfect choice for the impatient.

Versatility

This hedging plant offers year-round interest. It is suitable for screening (its thorns provide additional security), hedging and/or specimen planting in both formal and informal gardens. A popular choice for both topiary and those difficult spots and corners – it can even be trained against a wall or up a tree. Elaeagnus × ebbingei will take absolutely anything a coastal location can throw at it.