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Elaeagnus Ebbingei Hedging

Elaeagnus Ebbingei Hedging

Elaeagnus x ebbingei is usually simply known as Elaeagnus although it is sometimes referred to as Ebbinge's Silverberry or the Russian Olive. It has large leathery green leaves with a silvery underside, is evergreen and produces small highly scented flowers in late autumn.

Elaeagnus grows relatively quickly and is ideal for making a hedge of any size between four and six feet in height and although it is used extensively for planting inland, it is often planted in coastal situations due to its tolerance of salt and strong winds which is why it is commonly planted along the south coast overlooking the sea often on quite poor soil. We usually stock different sizes of Elaeagnus all year round. Scroll down for more information on Elaeagnus hedging.

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Elaeagnus x ebbingei hedging is a very versatile form of hedging useful in many situations.  It is also known as Ebbinge’s Silverberry or the Russian Olive.

Why should I plant an Elaeagnus hedge?

Elaeagnus x Ebbingei is a relatively popular evergreen hedging plant for small and medium size hedges and is usually easily recognisable due to is leathery leaves with silvery underside.  It is hardy and fast growing and does well in coastal situations.

How tall will Elaeagnus grow?

Elaeagnus are suitable for small to medium size hedges although we do see Elaeagnus hedges up to 6ft in height.  A single Elaeagnus can also be grown as a striking evergreen shrub in the garden.

How quickly will an Elaeagnus hedge grow?

Elaeagnus are are relatively quick growing and if left untrimmed will put on around 1-1.5ft (30-45cm) in height per year.  Once your hedge has reached its desired height it should be trimmed at that height accordingly to maintain its size and increase its density.  This will slow down the upward growth of your hedge and encourage growth sideways to make a denser hedge and make it substantially easier to clip annually.

When should I clip or trim an Elaeagnus hedge? 

An Elaeagnus hedge will need to be clipped annually in the spring or autumn as you would with any other hedge.

How far apart should I plant Elaeagnus hedging plants? 

Elaeagnus should be planted 2ft (60cm) apart regardless of how tall or short they are when you buy them and careful preparation of the planting site is important.  See section below on how to look after your Elaeagnus hedge after planting. 

How do I look after my Elaeagnus hedge after planting?

Although Elaeagnus plants are tolerant and will put up with most soil types, we recommended that the planting soil is mixed with compost to give the plants the best environment to grow in for their first year.  After planting, your Elaeagnus hedge should be watered regularly during its first year to give it the best chance of survival and this is especially important if your hedge is being planted in the drier summer months.

How do I water my Elaeagnus hedge?

Watering an Elaeagnus hedge is especially important if you are planting during the summer or a dry period.  For watering, we recommend using leaky hose (sometimes described as porous pipe) which can be connected to your existing hose pipe and will slowly leak water onto the roots of your hedge in a controlled manner to ensure that it soaks in and your hedge becomes properly watered.  Leaky hose is cheap, easy to install and very effective.  See our Accessories page for more details on leaky hose. 

Is Elaeagnus tolerant of different soil types?

Elaeagnus will tolerate almost all soil types (except very waterlogged soils) making it very versatile and is tolerant of coastal climates making it suitable for planting if you live near the sea.

Does Elaeagnus like full sun or shade?

Elaeagnus will grow well in full sunshine and is also shade tolerant making it very versatile to different situations. 

We usually stock a selection of different sizes of Elaeagnus throughout the year.

For more information on our availability of Elaeagnus hedging or if you have any questions or queries about existing Elaeagnus hedges or need advice about planting a new Elaeagnus hedge, please call us on 01252 714552 or email