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Elaeagnus ebbingei Limelight

Easy to grow with variegated foliage giving year round interest

A rounded shrub with leathery leaves that are beautifully marked with golden-yellow and splashes of lime green. It can be used to make a superb hedge, or planted in a shrub border. In autumn clusters of tiny, scented white flowers emerge and perfume the air. Its leafy stems are prized by flower arrangers.


It enjoys full sun or partial shade spot. It makes one of the best hedges in coastal areas.


Plant in any moderately fertile well-drained soil. It is very hardy and easy to grow, and can be trimmed to shape as a hedge.

Native to, and naturalised in temperate and sub tropical regions throughout the world; particularly in coastal areas.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering September - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 270 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September