A lovely new variety of Oleaster with gorgeous creamy leaves streaked with irregular light green and a darker green edging, the new growth is silvery at first and then more muted shades before the depth of colour is revealed as the leaves mature. We think this is the clearest and most eye catching variegated Elaeagnus to date, groups of plants on the nursery look really stunning. Like other varieties of Elaeagnus hedging plants, Maryline produces insignificant scented white flowers during Autumn.
This is a more compact variety growing to no more than 2 metres high and wide if left untrimmed. This would make a great evergreen addition to a mixed shrub border and with its naturally bushy and branching habit – a really special hedging plant.
An Elaeagnus ebbingei Maryline hedge could be created using 3-4 plants per metre, with a little formative side trimming a moderately sized and very colourful evergreen hedge could be created within a few seasons in a height range of 80-150cm or more.
Elaeagnus Maryline has the same cultural needs as other varieties, they do well in full sun or partial shade (too much shade may compromise the leaf colour a little) and most soils are suitable although they dont like to be waterlogged. This is a great plant for coastal gardens and windy exposed sites, but not very cold situations which may cause some damage to the foliage during winter.
How to grow Elaeagnus ebbingei Maryline
Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, leaves are retained all year.
Soil and site: Any average soil.
Flowering time: Autumn.
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 200cm high x 200cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim shrubs and hedges in Spring.
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