Elaeagnus Ebbingei Viveleg or Oleaster Viveleg, is a new variety of Silverberry. Grown for its attractive variegated foliage, this evergreen shrub can be used for hedging in exposed spots or as a boundary plant.
The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest. Each of the leaves has a dark green center, framed by an irregular yellow margin. The young growth unfolds in more muted shades, appearing as greyish-green and creamy beige. Unlike other Oleaster varieties, Vivileg has leaves with a silver underside. The foliage is leathery and glossy, oval in shape. The copper-brown branches have a slightly upright, bushy habit. During late summer through to autumn, minuscule, inconspicuous blossoms appear. The blossoms are hard to notice, but they do release a pleasant scent and are followed by cherry-like, edible fruits. Versatile and adaptable, Elaeagnus Ebbingei Viveleg can grow in any type of soil, as long as it is well drained. It tolerates both full sun and partial shade. Avoid overly wet conditions. Suitable for coastal areas, as it does not mind wind or salt.
A naturally occurring hybrid first spotted in a nursery in France, Oleaster Viveleg shares its robustness with close relatives. Very hardy in the United Kingdom, it can survive even if the temperatures drop to 10 degrees below zero. Even if it appears that its foliage is severely damaged by frost, this cultivar will have beautiful young growth in the spring. Apply mulch in the winter to protect its root system. Fast-growing and vigorous, Oleaster Vivileg can grow to be up to 2.4 metres high and around 1.5 to 2 metres wide. Compact even when fully mature, this cultivar is ideally suited for small gardens. When it comes to keeping its vase-shaped, upright habit in optimal shape, this ornamental shrub is almost maintenance free. Apart from removing congested or dead stems, there is not much else that needs to be done. The dense, evergreen foliage and attractive shape make Elaeagnus Ebbingei Viveleg a welcome addition to any garden. This shrub lends itself well to mixed shrub borders and hedges, but it can also be used as a border plant. Its showy variegated leaves can be complemented by flowering specimens, such as the elegant Olearia Macrodonta or the bright Sunset variety of Rock Rose.