Elaeagnus x ebbingei, Oleaster is a strong growing evergreen shrub with broad and leathery dark green leaves having silver on the underside. It is fully hardy and will tolerate dry soil, growing in full sun or partial shade.
Its growth is average to fast and it has small scented white flowers in the autumn followed, occasionally by orange fruits. It forms a dense rounded bush and is good for exposed situations providing shelter for other more tender shrubs. It can be affected by coral spot and leaf spot which are both fungal diseases but this is rare.
Note: It is not fully hardy in the North and Scotland, where it will tend to lose its leaves in winter. An alternative would be Elaeagnus angustifolia, which is hardier and has thorns, although it is not evergreen.
Eleagnus x ebbingei is perfect at the back of a shrub border providing a backdrop for other more ornamental flowering shrubs such as Deutzia and Kolkwitzia when the flowers glow against the dark green. It makes a tall, broad and rounded plant which is easy to prune and is good for hedges up to about 4 metres high. It is tolerant of quite harsh conditions, including drought, and provides a good evergreen winter skeleton. It can also be used in an informal evergreen hedge.
Elaeagnus ebbingei hedge plants are delivered pot-grown, all year round.
All of our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the pots aren't measured).
This hybrid was bred in the 1920's as the result of a cross between E. macrophylla and E. pungens (or perhaps E. x reflexa). It produces rugby-ball shaped orange fruit, which, when fully ripened, is very much edible!