2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Flowering Period: March – May
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual Height: 2.5 – 4m
- Eventual Spread: 2.5 – 4m
Elaeagnus Gilt Edge, also known as ‘Oleaster Gilt Edge’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a beautiful and versatile evergreen shrub that is known for its striking gold and green variegated leaves. This plant, which is native to East Asia, has been a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers for decades due to its unique foliage and hardy nature.
In terms of history, this variety of Elaeagnus was first introduced to Western gardens in the early 20th century. It quickly gained popularity due to its low maintenance requirements and ability to thrive in a variety of conditions. The shrub is not only tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but it is also able to withstand temperatures down to -15˚C.
One of the key features of this Elaeagnus is its glossy leaves, which are a mix of green and gold. These leaves are not only beautiful but are also resistant to pests and diseases. The shrub also produces small, fragrant flowers in the Spring, adding an additional layer of beauty to the plant.
This shrub is perfect for use as a hedge, screen or accent plant. It is also commonly used as a foundation plant or for erosion control on slopes. It can reach up to 4 metres in height and width and can be pruned to shape.
How to care for your Elaeagnus Gilt Edge
- Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. It can tolerate full shade but will have fewer flowers and the leaves will be less vibrant.
- Water: This plant is relatively drought-tolerant once established. However, it should be watered regularly during the first growing season to help it establish a deep root system. Once established, it is best to let the soil dry out a bit before watering again. Avoid over-watering, as this can lead to root rot.
- Soil: It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, but prefers moist, well-draining soil. It is also tolerant of salt and air pollution, making it a great choice for urban gardens or coastal landscapes.
- Fertiliser: Fertilise in the Spring with a slow-release fertiliser or compost.
- Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring before new growth appears. Prune to shape or remove any damaged or diseased branches.
With proper care and attention, this Elaeagnus Gilt Edge will thrive and add a beautiful touch to any landscape for many years to come.