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Olive Martini Elaeagnus
Attractive yellow-gold leaf margins and silvery new growth highlight Olive Martini when used as a hedge or as a specimen plant. More details below

Olive Martini Elaeagnus

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'Olive Martini' Elaeagnus
Elaeagnus ebbingii 'Vivileg' PP#20177

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Elaeagnus is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Another spectacular introduction from the Southern Living Plant Collection, Olive Martini is a new cultivar of evergreen Elaeagnus that was originally found by Christian Vivies in Toulouse, France, as a natural mutation of Elaeagnus x ebbingei.

Attractive yellow-gold leaf margins and silvery new growth highlight Olive Martini when used as a hedge or as a specimen plant.  The leathery, glossy, evergreen leaves and upright, dense form make for the perfect privacy hedge or barrier. Orange-brown twigs contrast nicely with the leaves and deepen in color as colder weather sets in in the fall.  
Apart from the attractive, colorful foliage, this plant is also interesting for its almost invisible but very fragrant flowers. They are tiny and appear from late summer to early autumn. They have a lovely, sweet perfume that is distributed especially on sunny and warm afternoons and evenings. They are followed by edible, deep red oval fruits that taste like sweet dark cherries. It is best to let them ripen well which is when they begin to fall down. The plant can hold the fruit only after mild winters.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Vibrant foliage edged in gold and silvery new growth creates a quick, long-lived, striking hedge, backdrop or specimen in the sunny border. In zones above 6b, where the plant is not winter hardy, plants can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during the winter months.

Spacing:  6' for solid hedges; 16' for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Elaeagnus is very easy to grow in most any average to low fertility, moist but well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. As with so many other shrubs, it does not like constantly soggy or wet soil, which can be problematic. Elaeagnus prefers full to mostly sun however will tolerate a fair amount of shade. Foliage is more dense with more sun.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Elaeagnus shrubs.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  6a-9b Find Your Zone
Plant Type: Evergreen Shrub
Height at Maturity: 10-15'
Width at Maturity: 10-15'
Growth Habit / Form:   Broad, Bushy, Dense, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type: 
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Yellow
Berries/Pods:  No
Berry/Pod Color:  NA
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs: Full Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Silt
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low when left to grow naturally. 
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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