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Elaeagnus x ebbingei


Fast growing dark leaved shrub or hedge

An evergreen shrub that grows roughly twelve feet high and eventually approximately the same in width. The plant also produces insignificant fruits, however, they produce a beautiful fragrance in Autumn.


This shrub can be used to form screens or hedges, due to its thick growth, and hardy nature.


It thrives in well-drained soil, and can grow in poor soil too. It becomes quite drought resistant and can live in dry soils once established.

It is a hybrid species, created by a cross between E. macrophylla and E. pungens.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering November - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September