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    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Elaeagnus × submacrophylla 'Compacta'

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  • Synonyms Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Compacta'

  • Family Elaeagnaceae

  • Genus Elaeagnus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple, often silvery-scaled leaves, and small fragrant tubular flowers borne in clusters in the leaf axils, and followed by small juicy fruit

  • Details 'Compacta' is a fast-growing, dense and compact variety with narrow dark glossy green leaves with a silvery sheen. Small, scented white flowers appear in the autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well drained soil in full sun or partial shade, tolerant of dry soils and coastal winds, although may become chlorotic on shallow chalky soils. This variety is also good for containers and can be clipped into standard plants

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens Patio & Container Plants City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 9

Pests May be affected by eleagnus sucker but generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by coral spot or a leaf spot (fungal), see leaf damage on woody plants

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