Our eleagnus shrubs seem to be thriving but not flowering. Is it a pruning issue?
which eleagnus? How long have you had them?
Variegated and non-variegated. The man at the garden centre said they all flower. We've had them approx 5 years.
Are you sure the variegated ones haven't flowered, you can barely see the flowers amidst all the variegation when they do come. They aren't really worth waiting for, so insignificant. Eleagnus aren't showy flowerers at all but some have a great scent (but not those variegated ones)
I was just about to say that too nut - the flowers aren't big or showy.
Were you maybe expecting something more like a Hydrangea or Viburnum, Sharon? Eleagnus are great shrubs, but really grown for their foliage.
Yes thanks for responses - I know the flowers are tiny but they smell gorgeous - and they haven't been there.
I wonder if the ground is too rich for them then Sharon? Plants sometimes make foliage at the expense of flowers if the ground is very fertile. Is that a possibility in the site you have them?
I'd forgotten the variegated one, mine died. It does have the scent, sorry to confuse.
Are there any buds on it? It's coming up for their time. How large has it grown,? Is it struggling?
My variegated eleagnus flower, but not for some time yet. They do it in the depth of winter and the scent is amazing. I avoid pruning as much as possible but I do feed them in spring. They grow and flower every year.
Ok thanks everyone maybe I'm being impatient for the flowers. I'll wait and see what happens this winter!!