Elaeagnus hedges belong to the Elaeagnaceae plant family, which feature around 50-70 species of flowering plants. Exhibiting attractive shades of green throughout the year, many types of elaeagnus hedging plants can supply your garden or backyard with a splash of colour during the colder months.
Native to a number of countries in Asia, North America, Australia and Europe, elaeagnus hedges thrive in subtropical and temperate regions, particularly in exposed or coastal locations.
Currently, we offer the three most popular choices of elaeagnus hedges which exhibit the iconic green and yellow leaf characteristics, as well as the standard green alternative.
An unmissable feature of the elaeagnus species is their production of pure white, snowdrop flowers which appear during either spring or autumn, followed by small, vibrant flowers in the later months.
Elaeagnus Ebbingei. A beautiful, fast-growing evergreen hedge, the elaeagnus ebbingei plant produces fabulous large, leathery leaves with an attractive shade of silver on their underside. Ideal for growth in shady, windy and coastal regions, the hedge can grow up to 8ft.
Elaeagnus Pungens Maculata. A brightly coloured evergreen shrub, elaeagnus pungens leaves sport a unique yellow and green pattern. The hedge productes small, scented flowers that transform into pretty fruit into the spring.
Elaeagnus Limelight. Similarly to the pungens species, this evergreen hedge also produces pretty green and yellow leaves which can provide a splash of colour during the cold winter months.
Growth Rate for Elaeagnus Hedge Plants
With each plant growing differently depending on the species, you can expect your elaeagnus hedge to reach an ultimate height of around 2.5 – 4 metres over a timeframe of 5-10 years. As elaeagnus plants have a relatively fast growth rate, the hedges can grow up to 40-60cm a year. This can be maintained by pruning, which is recommended during late spring, after it has finished producing fruit.
Care for your Elaeagnus Hedging
Most species of elaeagnus hedges are considerably low-maintenance and are capable of surviving in most places throughout the country without suffering damage from severe winters. We recommend planting them in shady and coastal regions, as it does not mind frequent exposure to wind. Take a look at our guide for hedge maintenance and the ideal time to cut a hedge.
While elaeagnus hedges are primarily pest free, they may be susceptible to damage from elaeagnus sucker, which is a sap-sucking insect that can distort the plants’ leaves. It is possible to deal with the psyllid insect with both pesticide and non-pesticide methods. Another potential issue to look out for is coral spot or leaf spot.
Please contact our team for more advice on pest and disease control if you are new to hedge maintenance.
Elaeagnus Hedge Planting Density
Our elaeagnus hedge plants can be purchased at various stages of growth, from a small 1.5-2ft height up to 6ft for instant hedging use. Depending on the size of the hedge when bought, you can plant up to 4 plants per metre, with the larger plants in 1 trough per metre.
Are you a gardening beginner? Take a look at our page on How To Plant A Hedge for general advice on hedge planting.
Why Choose Hopes Grove Nurseries?
When looking for hedges in garden centres, you aren’t always guaranteed to find a selection of plants that are premium quality and ideal for your purposes. We at Hopes Grove Nurseries are dedicated growers of top-quality plants in a range of potted, bare root and rootball types, so you can find a hedge for every purpose.
As with all of the plants that we sell, all Elaeagnus hedging plants come from our family-run nursery in Kent, which means you can rest assured that they will have been cared for well. This means they will thrive when you come to planting them in your home or landscaping project.
If you’re interested in our elaeagnus hedging, take a look at our range above or get in touch today.