Elaeagnus X ebbingei ‘Limelight’: How to Grow

Elaeagnus X Ebbingei 'Limelight'

Elaeagnus X ebbingei ‘Limelight’ is a popular cultivar. It shares all the benefits and all-round attributes of the standard hybrid and the choice is really down to which foliage you prefer…
Elaeagnus X Ebbingei ‘Limelight’ has variegated foliage with a more silvery appearance. Like many cultivars, it will occasionally succumb to its natural desire to return to type and any pure green shoots that appear should be cut back.

Elaeagnus X Ebbingei ‘Limelight’ Description

Foliage: Silvery young leaves develop irregular markings in dark green, lime green and gold that can turn creamy-white with exposure
Flowers: Cream flowers in autumn follwed by dark berries
Scent: Sweetly and exquisitely fragrant
Compactness: Bushy
Height: 2.5-4.0m
Spread: 2.5-4.0m
Hardiness: Very hardy and pest resistant
Drought Resistance: Excellent
Soil pH: Acid, through neutral to alkaline.
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.
Rate of Growth: Fast. A perfect choice for the impatient.

Elaeagnus X Ebbingei ‘Limelight’ Planting

Aspect: Will thrive in a sheltered or exposed location. An excellent choice for coastal gardens.
Soil Type: Any. This plant will grow well in loam, clay, sand or chalk. It may become chlorotic on shallow chalk.

Elaeagnus X Ebbingei ‘Limelight’ Maintenance

Ease of maintenance: Extremely easy
Specialist care: Apply an annual mulch in spring. No other special care is required.
Pruning: Prune in late summer to maintain shape. Remove reverted shoots as necessary

Elaeagnus X Ebbingei ‘Limelight’ 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. Elaeagnus × ebbingei ‘Limelight’ will take absolutely anything a coastal location can throw at it.