Elaeagnus × submacrophylla 'Limelight'

oleaster ( syn. Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' )

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2 litre pot £26.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Elaeagnus × submacrophylla 'Limelight' oleaster ( syn. Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' ): One of the toughest evergreen shrubs

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: October to November
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Young green leaves mature to lime-green and yellow-splashed centres, while the creamy-white, autumn flowers fill the air with their fragrance. This versatile, variegated plant is ideal for illuminating dark areas of the shrub border or for growing as an informal hedge and the foliage is excellent for flower arranging. One of the toughest evergreen shrubs, it copes well with dry soil and salt-laden air.

  • Garden care: To keep hedging specimens tidy in late summer cut back long or misplaced shoots using secateurs. Remove any plain green-leaved shoots as soon as they appear, cutting them back to the origin.

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Excellent healthy plant


Crocus supplied this plant in spring 2020, in excellent condition and a good size. I wanted a shrub to brighten up part of a border that, outside flowering times of the other shrubs, had a tendency to be dull. In its second season, this plant is already beginning to fulfil its potential, with its lovely yellow leaves proving a perfect foil for the purple-leafed sage in front of it. It has established well, and is grown on with more vigour than i would have expected. Very pleased with this plant.

Suffolk Punch



Plant and forget about it.


Planted in a rather dry area next to established old shrubs. Not thriving but not died either.





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Hi, my elaeagnus is growing well and is putting on lots of new growth, the only concern I have is that quite a few leaves, new and old, are brown and crispy around the edges and the leaves eventually turn yellow and fall off or they easily pull off. I have sprayed the whole plant with insecticidal soap in case it is elaeagnus sucker, I have noticed the birds taking an interest in the plant but I can't see anything on it. Any ideas??


Feel free to get in touch with us at customerservices@crocus.co.uk - include your order number, photos of the overall plant + close ups of the issues mentioned and let the team know you posted your initial query here and we'd be happy to take a look, thank you.


I'm thinking of buying Elaeagnus Limelight for a sunny position in my well drained alkaline soil. Would it suit that situation?


Hello Yes this shrub will grow in any fertile well drained soil including an alkaline soil.


Can this plant be kept quite small with regular pruning. I am thinking of using it in a small border combined with Choisya Sundance but would like to keep it around 1m x 1m.


Hello, This does make an excellent hedge, however I think the plant will eventually become stressed if it is cut back too hard. With that in mind, I would recommend that both this and the Choisya be kept around 1.5m in height if it is at all possible.


Hedging Advice Dear Crocus Helpline We are looking for hedging ideas for the bottom of our garden with the aim of providing screening which can be easily maintained at around 10 feet tall. The soil is clay, and standing water tends to collect in one small area when we have very heavy rainfall. We have the usual wood feather board fencing in place which we need to retain, but there is no other planting to consider apart from lawn (in fact the garden is nothing but lawn!). The area we need to plant measures approx 11mt across. As our budget is tight, we need suggestions for smaller, fast-growing plants, rather than mature, slow-growing ones to give us the screening asap. We look forward to hearing from you in due course. With thanks

Selina Edwards

Hello There, The cheapest option will be the bare-root whips, but these are only sold when the plants are completely dormant from autumn to early spring. Failing that you can buy 2 or 3lt pots, which should be planted at 30cm intervals if you want a nice, dense hedge. If the soil remains waterlogged for any length of time, you will have problems getting most plants to grow, but from what you say it doesn't sound too boggy, so I would recommend the following:- Crataegus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/crataegus-monogyna-/classid.1044/ Elaeagnus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/elaeagnus-%C3%97-ebbingei-limelight/classid.3775/ Prunus laurocerassus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/prunus-laurocerasus-rotundifolia/classid.4306/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Selina Edwards

Dear Helen Thanks you so much for your prompt reply. We will look forward to looking into your suggestions.

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Problem with Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Limelight' Dear Crocus, I have a large Elaeagnus shrub in my garden which is starting to look very sickly in parts. The shrub I would say is around 10ft high and 6ft wide and has been in the garden for more than 10 years. Some of the leaves are pale and droopy, and some have a sooty grey look on the underside. What may be causing this and what should I do Thank you Claire


Hello Claire, These plants are usually pretty tough, but they are prone to Coral Spot - just click on the following link for more information http://www.crocus.co.uk/pestsanddiseases/_/pests-and-diseases/stems/coral-spot/articleid.1157/ or the less serious Fungal Leaf Spot http://www.crocus.co.uk/pestsanddiseases/_/pests-and-diseases/leaves/discoloured/fungal-leaf-spot/articleid.1201/ I'm afraid though I have not been able to determine what may be affecting yours from your description. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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Hedging ideas Hello and hope you can help,- I'm a novice and a hopeless gardener hoping to learn quickly. Do you have any suggestions for mixed hedging for an approx 60 feet boundary? No preference or favourites, though a bit of colour would be appreciated at some time in the seasons but it needs to grow to at least five feet preferably six feet high and act as a barrier to human. I would like it to attract wildlife, particularly the birds and provide some year round interest with colour (hopefully). Lawrence

lawrence dixon

Hello Lawrence, There are several plants that I would put on the shortlist. Here are my favourites:- Rosa rugosa Alba http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-alba/classid.1148/ Rosa rugosa Rubra http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/hedging/bush-rose/hedging-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-rugosa-rubra/classid.77954/ Elaeagnus x ebbingei Limelight http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/elaeagnus-%C3%97-ebbingei-limelight/classid.3775/ Ilex x altaclerensis Golden King http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ilex-%C3%97--altaclerensis-golden-king/classid.4029/ Ribes sanguineum Pulborough Scarlet http://crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ribes-sanguineum-pulborough-scarlet/classid.4331/ Pyracantha http://crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.pyracantha/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Hedging and Osmanthus plants Dear Crocus, I am looking for two Osmanthus burkwoodii plants but notice on your website that you only offer them for sale in 2 litre size. Do you have any larger Osmanthus burkwoodii plants? I am also looking for suggestions on which plants would make a good hedge. I am looking for something hardy, able to stand the frost, evergreen, not poisonous to horses and if possible, not just green possibly red / purple or variegated, any thoughts? Also, as these plants are grown in Surrey, will they be suitable to grow in the Scottish Borders? Many thanks, Jane

Janey Mitch

Hello Jane, I'm afraid we have all the plants we sell displayed on our website so we do not sell larger sizes of the Osmanthus. As for the hedging, if you click on the link below it will take you to our full range of hedging plants. Unfortunately we do not have anything that meets all your criteria, but if you click on the smaller images it will give you a lot more information on hardiness levels (fully hardy means they can cope with the weather in Scotland) as well as leaf colour etc. Unfortunately though I do not have a list of plants which are not poisonous to horses, but your local vet may be able to help you with this. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/hedging/plcid.30/ Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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Tomatoes not ripening? Hi there, I wonder if you can help. This year I am growing the tomato variety "Shirley" in the greenhouse. They are very healthy and laden with fruit, but they are not ripening. Regards. Kate

kate roberts

Hello Kate, There is something called Dry Set, which means the growth of the tomatoes stops when they are still very small. This is brought about by the air being too hot and dry when pollination is taking place, and the best way to cure this is to mist the plants with water twice a day - in the morning and evening.

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Screening in pots Hi there I'm looking for screening ideas. I'm having a raised deck built and I would like some privacy from the neighbours, can any of the hedges be grown in troughs?

Michael Mullen

Hello There, Many of the hedging plants can be grown in really large pots, as long as you make sure the plants are kept really well fed and watered. The following are some of the best options. Photinia, Elaeagnus, Prunus laurocerassus, Pyracantha and Phyllostachys I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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What tough plants can I grow in big pots? I am looking for plants to fill up some outdoor planters facing a carpark. I want something tough please - can you give me 2 to 3 options?


There are several plants that will be suitable for growing in your containers. Below I have listed plants that are quite low maintenance and tough - just on the links below to access my suggestions:- Elaeagnus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.elaeagnus/?s=elaeagnus Aucuba http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/?s=aucuba Euonymus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/euonymus-fortunei-emerald-gaiety/classid.3820/ Fatsia japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/fatsia-japonica-/classid.3840/ Buxus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.buxus/?s=buxus Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/?s=skimmia


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