- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Deer Resistant
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’).
Hedge as needed to control size.
This plant goes well with
- Leucophyllum frutescens
- Prunus caroliniana
- Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'