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Eleagnus Limelight or Euonymous Bravo

CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 614

I thought i ought to start a new thread to ask this question.  Other forkers have been most helpful in helping me to decide what to plant along a 6ft fence - east facing and dryish shade.  I popped to Wyevale this afternoon and saw the limelight which was lovely, turned round and saw the Euonymous bravo.  (Smaller shrub from what iv'e looked up - grows to around a meter.  Would this be enough height along that fence?  Are there more pros to one over the other?  they look so similar its hard to choose.  Don't want one that leaves will drop like the Photinia.  Also does one ref other evert to single colour over the other.  I have a couple of 80cm Eunonymous around the garden and suddenly I spot a few branches of dark green leaves that need taking out!image ps excuse the spellings!


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Eleagnus are bigger than Euonymous, as a general rule, both in height and foliage size. Euonymous form rough mounds if planted in a border, but they will grow 'up' a fence if planted against one.

    I'm not familiar with that variety, but if you want something to block the fence, I'd choose the Eleagnus. If the ground's a bit dry, get some well rotted manure into the hole you plant into, water really well after planting and mulch afterwards. Keep well watered until established. It may not be as happy with the shade as the Euon. but on the whole, they cope with a fair amount of shade.

    Euonymous do tend to revert sometimes - you just have to be vigilant and remove those green leaves/stems when you see them. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Each to their own Verdun. I've bought Limelight (again)  for a boundary in this garden, having had it in a previous one   image

    I've never found them prickly - perhaps we're just tougher up here....image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,457

    Aren't you oop North Fairy?  And if Verdun is doon South then would this explain the difference in experience? 

    Copperdog is Home Counties so it might suggest that Verdun's experience might be closer to Copper's if the Eleagnus were chosen.

    Interesting discussion.

    I've only moved 14 miles up the road but having moved from an enclosed estate to a more open garden with farmland field views, some of my old trusty choices aren't cutting it here.

    Waiting (2 years so far) for some of my transplants to get established.

  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 614

    Thank you all so much for your help.  Mmm I know what you mean about the painted leaf effect Verdun. It does concern me too if it is a little thuggish!  Im just so rubbish at this.  Wish I was more creative.  Have been looking at border pics online but most look as though they are perennial which I would like to avoid too many of. 

  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 614

    Oh gosh!  He really is a king! image Fab shaping too!  Yes you've inspired me!  Ive not seen golden king when I've looked at varieties for the Euonymus.  Will get looking again.  Thanks for taking the trouble to post the pic.

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