2-3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Flowering Period: October – November
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual Height: 2 – 5m
- Eventual Spread: 2 – 5m
Elaeagnus Pungens Maculata, also known as ‘Oleaster’ is a beautiful and versatile dense, evergreen shrub that is known for its striking variegated leaves. This plant is a cultivar of Elaeagnus Pungens which is native to Asia and North America.
In terms of history, this variety of Elaeagnus was first discovered in the late 19th century. It quickly gained popularity due to its unique foliage and hardy nature. This cultivar was selected for its striking variegated leaves, which make it stand out among other cultivars of Elaeagnus.
One of the key features of Elaeagnus Pungens Maculata is its glossy yellow leaves that are outlined in green. These leaves are not only beautiful but are also resistant to pests and diseases. The shrub also produces small, fragrant flowers in the Autumn, adding an additional layer of beauty to the plant.
This shrub is perfect for use as a hedge, screen or accent plant. It can reach up to 5 metres in height and width and can be pruned to shape. The plant is also tolerant of a wide range of soil types, and can thrive in full sun to partial shade.
How to care for your Elaeagnus Pungens Maculata
- 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, your Elaeagnus Pungens Maculata will thrive and add a beautiful touch to any landscape for many years to come.