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Variegations On Eleagnus Foliage. (For Bernard)


By louise1


This is Eleagnus pungens ‘Maculata’
This one has yellow splashed leaves, E. ebbingei has a silvery coloured leaf and doesn’t have the coloured splashes, both are useful screening shrubs though.

Here are some shots of one of my ’Maculata’s and it shows the various stages of leaf colour, they usually come through with a slight marking but can also come through all green and then slowly change.

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Yes - true. I planted a new E. maculata in the autumn last year, and I was concerned that the new growth was coming through with no yellow markings. However, my helpful 'friend' at the Nursery told me that it's normal. He was right - those shoots now have the variegation. :-)

It's when the shrub gets more mature that you have to watch out for all-green shoots and prune them out as it may be reverting.

8 May, 2011


Interesting to see these photos, Louise ...
I have a young Eleagnus ebbingei "Gilt Edge" which received lots of damage from the abnormally cold winter ...

... but it has now produced lot of new growth ... solid colour at first, but I knew it would change colour as it matures ... and I'm already watching for non-variegated areas which might emerge...

8 May, 2011


Funny isn't it, my Ebbingei is unscathed !

(By the way, my Lithodora's doing the same as yours !!!!! )

8 May, 2011


I think my Ebbingei suffered because it was such a youngster ... will fare better as it gets bigger ...

This year Lithodoras are acting strangely ... ;o)

8 May, 2011


We 'inherited' a yellow splashed eleagnus which was an odd shape and not all that well located. However, it filled a spot in the southside (but north facing) border. Eventually, I moved it a little to better locate it as part of a general reorganization of that border. It survived. Phew! and has continued to do so. It provides the huge bonus of a real splash of sunny colour in the winter and the border would be sadly denuded without it.

12 May, 2011


Oh so true, Kowhai, they are wonderful colour providers in the grey winter months.

12 May, 2011

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