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Elaeagnus

Elaeagnus pungens
Silverberry, Silverthorn
10

20 feet
10

20 feet
Asia
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Evergreen
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun/part shade. Evergreen, with distinctive grey-green foliage. Leaves are oval, greenish and scaly on top, silvery underneath. Elaeagnus is a very large, sprawling shrublike specimen up to 15 feet tall. During the growing season, it shoots up numerous tall branchless, bowing canes; this habit makes it fairly easy to ID. Despite the name, the thorns refer simply the stout young stems, which will eventually mature into soft, flexible branches. As a landscape specimen, elaeagnus tolerates heat, drought, and hedging, makes an excellent screen, and provides decent wildlife habitat. It’s great for planting in the middle of a big lawn. However it’s not at all appropriate for small spaces. Multiple forms are available, including variegated (‘Maculata’) and dwarf (‘Nana’).

Maintenance

Hedge as needed to control size.

Features

Plant Type:
Large Shrub
Size:
10-20' H, 10-20' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Birds
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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