Elaeagnus Hedging Information
Elaeagnus or Oleaster
Are not your normal hedge choice when you think of buying a new hedge. It is time that they should be thought of some more as they make lovely hedges.
Elaeagnus are mainly evergreen with some varities being deciduous. They have simple often scaly foliage which can be green in colour, some varities are green rimmed with yellow and vice a versa. An extra bonus to this hedger is the lovely scents of the blossom.
There are a few options to look at for hedging or stand alone shrubs:
Elaeagnus Ebbingei silvery grey foliage with incredibly scented flowers in autumn.
Elaeagnus Limelight has glossy, dark green leaves, silver beneath, centrally marked yellow and pale green. Bears small, fragrant, white flowers in autumn.
Elaeagnus Vivileg has dark green centred leaves and irregular gold margins, in autumn it bears highly fragrant white flower
It requires very little pruning as it is mainly grown as a loose hedge rather than a tightly knitted one as its foliage is a larger size. Simply prune to shape and cut off any unwanted branches.
Elaeagnus really doesn't like to be planted in shallow chalk soil, other than that it can tolerate pretty much everything else, it is even drought tolerant and is very tough, even likes clay once they have established in the ground.
Can be fed with a general purpose feed or you can mulch to offer food as well, this can be done in spring and again in summer.