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Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge is an attractive evergreen shrub that brightens a dull corner and produces a beautiful fragrance in autumn. Elaeagnus Gilt Edge holds both the RHS Award of Garden Merit and the Perfect for Pollinators badge due to its all-round garden benefits and easy-to-grow nature. Doe to its eye-catching variegated foliage, this is an attractive plant for hedging.
The variegated evergreen leaves of Gilt Edge are ovate and dark green with an unusual and sharply contrasting golden-yellow edge. In autumn this reliable evergreen produces small white flowers measuring around 1cm in length. These blooms have a sweet fragrance that attracts late autumn pollinators. In warmer years small orange berries can appear. Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge has a naturally rounded growing habit which is easy to manage. Its maximum height is four metres with the same spread, and it will reach maximum proportions within 10-20 years if you don’t cut it back.
How Hardy Is Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge? Elaeagnus Gilt Edge is one of the hardiest and most attractive evergreen shrubs available. It withstands cold, wet and snowy weathers, maintaining its foliage during snows and sub-zero temperatures.
How To Use Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge Because it has a golden (gilt) edging this is the perfect choice to brighten a dull area or lift a garden that needs colour and structure in the winter months. It grows well in the border and in containers provided they are well watered. If you enjoy a formal garden Gilt Edge is easily trimmed into neat shapes, as an alternative to buxus or yew. Gardeners with little time can leave it to grow as nature intended, producing rounded, dense foliage that is attractive to wildlife. This top performing evergreen is also drought tolerant and wind-proof making it a good choice for coastal areas or scrubbier land where other plants struggle to thrive.
How To Care For Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge Elaeagnus Gilt Edge will grow in full sun and in shade on most soils, though it may become chlorotic in very chalky areas. If this is the case, grow it in a container. Elaeagnus Ebbingei Gilt Edge can be pruned at any time of the year, but it is best to cut it back in the winter after flowering has finished. In early spring treat it to a thick layer of mulch to improve the golden edging and flower yield.
This is a beautiful, quick-growing hedging shrub that is also suitable for standaone planting suitable for every nook and cranny of the garden – a real top performing evergreen that brightens every situation.