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ELAEAGNUS x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge'

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Family

Elaeagnaceae

Botanical Name

ELAEAGNUS x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge'

Plant Common Name

Ebbing's Silverberry, Gilt Edge Silverberry

General Description

Ebbing’s silverberry ‘Gilt Edge’ is a tough, fast-growing, large shrub of hybrid origin. It has interesting elliptical leaves, scruffy to the tough and eye, dark green in the center with striking, irregular yellow margins. Elaeagnus tends to grow rapidly with long branches - a semi-climbing habit. The branches are thornless. The extremely fragrant, tiny white to silver flowers are bell-shaped with spreading lobes and are produced in the fall and winter at the joint between leaves and branches in clusters. The lovely red to pink fruit with silver mottling follows the flowers in spring. The fruit and seed are edible and pleasant.

Elaeagnus are some of the most durable shrubs, tolerant of most soil conditions as long as it is well drained. Very alkaline soils can cause nutrient deficiencies, but are easily corrected with applications of minor elements. Full sun is preferred as it is for many variegated plants. Ebbing’s silverberry is very salt, wind and pest tolerant. Ebbing’s silverberry is a little more compact than other silverberries, but still requires pruning to keep the long branches in check. Use the large, rangy plant in hedges, as a wind break and in thick, protective borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Silver

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Silver

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes