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I bought an Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge' a couple of months ago and notice that new shoots are a dull green colour. Does the Gilt Edge come with time or should it be present on the new shoots straight away?

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  • Posted: Mon. 15th August 2011 10:12

Re: Colour of new shoots

Reply from Valerie Munro

Hi Michael

Your plant could be reverting. What is happening - 2 plants in the same genus with different qualities (say, variegated leaves in one and nice compact habit in the other) have been crossed to make this particular cultivar of eleagnus.

However, the marriage is not entirely stable, and a plant can start to revert to one of the 'parent' crosses which is what appears to be happening here. You can look at the new leaves very carefully, and if there is a vague hint of some pattern on them, then perhaps they are just taking their time to show off their variegation.

We know that all green leaves grow much more vigorously than variegated plants, and so if you do nothing at all, in time the plant will turn back to being all green.

If you are sure that these leaves are all green, you should follow the all green stems back to where they join a variegated stem, and cut it/them cleanly off.

With luck you will remain in control of the problem

Good luck

Auntie Planty

  • Posted: Mon. 15th August 2011 11:29

Re: Colour of new shoots

Reply from Duncan Witt

Eleagnus ebbingei cultivars commonly grow with silver /grey shoots which colour up as the shoot and leaf matures. On some occasions you will notice a mature green branch growing on a plant or larger bush which should be variegated, in this case the previous answer applies.

  • Posted: Wed. 17th August 2011 16:35