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Oleaster Hedge Plants

Oleaster Hedging, is an attractive, evergreen hedging species that provides seasonal interest, with attractive silvery green or variegated foliage and is perfect for coastal areas.

Oleaster Hedging consists of Elaeagnus x ebbingei Limelight, also known as Oleaster Limelight Hedge and Elaeagnus x ebbingei, also known as Oleaster Hedge. Oleaster Gilt Edge is another variety with dark green leaves that have yellow and lime-green edges.

Popular varieties of Oleaster Hedge Plants

Choose from our most popular varieties of Oleaster Hedging plants, available in a range of sizes and root types.

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Oleaster Hedge

Oleaster Hedge

(Elaeagnus x ebbingei)

Oleaster Hedge is an attractive, variegated evergreen species with silvery green leaves that are silvery white underneath and has fragrant white flowers in the autumn.

Growth rate: Fast 30-60cm per year

Overall height: Medium up to 5 metres

Position: Coastal, Sheltered, Full Sun, Exposed, Full Shade

Root Types: Pot Grown

Oleaster Gilt Edge Hedge

Oleaster Gilt Edge Hedge

(Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge')

Oleaster 'Gilt Edge' is an attractive, variegated evergreen species with dark green leaves that have yellow and lime-green edge and fragrant white flowers in the autumn.

Growth rate: Medium 20-40cm per year

Overall height: Medium up to 5 metres

Position: Exposed, Full Sun, Sheltered, Coastal

Root Types: Pot Grown

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What is Oleaster Hedging?

Oleaster Hedging, a popular choice among gardeners, includes a variety of hedging plants known for their versatility and benefits.

These oleaster hedging plants thrive in a variety of soil types and conditions, making them a versatile addition to any landscape.

This hardy plant can withstand harsh winds and salty air, making it particularly well-suited for coastal environments.

The low-maintenance nature of Oleaster Hedging means it requires minimal pruning, allowing it to maintain its neat and attractive appearance with little effort.

In addition, its dense foliage offers excellent privacy and wind protection, making it an ideal choice for creating natural barriers in gardens and commercial properties alike.

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Benefits & Features of Oleaster Hedging Plants

Oleaster Hedges boast several notable benefits and features that make them a preferred choice for both residential and commercial landscaping projects. Firstly, their evergreen nature ensures year-round foliage, providing consistent aesthetic appeal and privacy. The attractive silvery-green foliage and sometimes fragrant, small white flowers add seasonal interest, enhancing the visual appeal of any garden.

Furthermore, Oleaster Hedges are known for their robust resilience. They are drought-tolerant once established and exhibit a high degree of resistance to common pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments. Another key advantage is their salt tolerance, which makes them ideal for coastal gardens where other species might struggle. Creating a thick hedge is crucial for privacy and wind protection, ensuring a more sheltered and private garden space.

In addition to their functional benefits, Oleaster Hedges also contribute positively to the environment. They provide habitat and food sources for various wildlife, including birds and beneficial insects, promoting biodiversity. Overall, the combination of aesthetic charm, practical benefits, and environmental contributions makes Oleaster Hedges a versatile and valuable addition to any landscape.

Planting tips for Oleaster Hedge Plants

When planting Oleaster Hedge plants, it is essential to consider both the timing and the specific requirements of the species to ensure successful establishment and growth. Additionally, choosing the right root type and following proper guidance on planting bare root plants can significantly impact the success of your hedge.

When to plant Oleaster hedging

The best time to plant Oleaster Hedging is in autumn or early spring when temperatures are moderate, and the soil is still warm, providing ideal conditions for root establishment. Planting during these seasons allows the hedge to acclimate before the more extreme temperatures of summer or winter arrive.

Preferred Soil Types & Positions

Oleaster Hedges are quite adaptable but perform best in well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to neutral. They can tolerate a variety of soil types, ranging from sandy to clayish, as long as the drainage is adequate. When selecting a position for your Oleaster Hedges, aim for a spot that enjoys full sun to partial shade. Full sun will encourage the most vigorous growth and the densest foliage, while partial shade is acceptable but may result in a slightly sparser hedge.

Site Preparation

Start by selecting a well-drained site that receives full sun to partial shade. Although Oleaster Hedges can tolerate a variety of soil types, they thrive best in slightly acidic to neutral soils. Before planting, it is advisable to improve the soil by incorporating organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure. This will enhance the soil structure, improve drainage, and provide essential nutrients.

Planting Process

To plant your Oleaster Hedges, begin by digging a trench that is twice the width and the same depth as the root balls of the plants. Planting density is crucial for creating a thick, lush hedge, as it impacts the appearance, growth, and maintenance requirements. Space the plants approximately 60-90 centimetres apart to allow for adequate growth and air circulation. Place each plant in the trench, ensuring that the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the trench with soil, firming it gently around the roots to eliminate air pockets.

Oleaster Growth Rates

Oleaster hedging plants generally exhibit moderate to fast growth rates, making them an excellent choice for gardeners looking to establish a mature hedge relatively quickly. On average, Oleaster Hedges can grow between 30 to 60 centimetres per year under optimal conditions. This rapid growth ensures that the hedges can provide substantial privacy and windbreak benefits within just a few years of planting.

To support this growth rate, it is important to provide regular watering during the establishment phase and to monitor soil moisture levels, particularly during prolonged dry periods. Additionally, feeding the Oleaster Hedges with a balanced fertiliser in the spring can help boost their growth and maintain their vibrant foliage.

Oleaster hedge spacing chart

Please refer to our plant spacing chart below for the correct distances to space your Oleaster hedge plants.


Pruning and Maintaining Oleaster Hedges

Oleaster Hedges generally require minimal pruning but benefit from occasional trimming to maintain a tidy shape and encourage denser growth. Understanding the root type is crucial for proper maintenance and healthy growth. Light pruning in the early spring and late summer is ideal. Focus on removing any dead or damaged branches and trimming the tip to promote bushier branching. For more formal hedges, frequent light trimming can help maintain a defined shape while promoting dense foliage.

Watering Needs

Oleaster Hedges are relatively drought-tolerant once established, but they do require consistent watering during the first growing season to develop a robust root system. During this period, maintain soil moisture by watering deeply and regularly, particularly during dry spells. Generally, a deep watering once a week is sufficient, ensuring that the water reaches the root zone. Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plants helps to conserve moisture and reduces the need for frequent watering.


To support strong growth and maintain vibrant foliage, fertilise Oleaster Hedges in the spring with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser. An application of well-rotted compost or organic mulch can also be beneficial, as it slowly releases nutrients into the soil, improving soil fertility and structure. Avoid excessive fertilisation, as it can lead to overly vigorous growth that may be prone to pest and disease issues.

Common Pests and Diseases

Oleaster Hedges are known for their resilience to most pests and diseases, but like any plant, they can be susceptible under certain conditions. Spider mites and scale insects may occasionally target the leaves, causing discolouration or spotting. Regular inspection and early intervention with appropriate treatments, such as insecticidal soaps or horticultural oils, can effectively manage these pests.

Fungal infections like powdery mildew may occur, particularly in humid conditions. Ensuring good air circulation through proper plant spacing and pruning can help mitigate these fungal problems. If infections do appear, fungicides may be necessary for control.

Overall, by providing consistent seasonal care and monitoring for common issues, Oleaster Hedges will continue to flourish, providing beauty and utility in your garden.


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