Elaeagnus xebbingei 'Limelight' (also called Oleaster)
Tough, variegated evergreen shrub, grown for colourful foliage and scented winter flowers. Suitable for informal hedging. Can tolerate dry soil and a coastal environment.
All year round.
Habit – upright, bushy and dense. H&S: up to 3m.
Stem – round, brownish-grey. Slightly rough.
Leaves – lanceolate, glossy and waxy, green splashed with yellow and speckled with silvery markings. Silvery underside.
Flowers – drooping in bunches, bell-shaped, silver-cream coloured. Strongly scented.
Full sun or partial shade. Needs some sun to keep variegation.
Fertile, well drained.
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.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
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