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Elaeagnus umbellata

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An enchanting plant native to hillside woods in China and Japan, Elaeagnus umbellata has masses of tiny, elusively fragrant flowers in early summer. Sniff the air close up and you may smell nothing, turn and walk away, and the perfume can stop you in your tracks.

The flowers bear edible, juicy, orange fruit in a warm summer. Rich in vitamin C, they are tasty raw or in jam, ex the fibrous seeds.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30-50 cm tall)

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Elaeagnus umbellata | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Elaeagnus umbellata | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Elaeagnus umbellata | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: May - June.
Flower Colour: Greenish-white
Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
Habit: Large branching, rounded shrub.
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 4 m (13 ft)

Notes: This plant is tolerant of windy, dry or coastal areas. A specimen of Elaeagnus umbellata, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery had reached a height of 3.5 m and a spread of 3 m after 12 years.

Plant Finder: about Elaeagnus umbellata

Common names

Autumn olive


Elaeagnus umbellata (Autumn olive). A large, spreading deciduous or semi-deciduous shrub from the Himalayas, China and Japan. Grows from 2m to 5m high with broad, green above-silver beneath, wavy-edged leaves. In late spring and early summer bears profuse clusters of silvery white flowers in the upper leaf axis. These are followed in autumn by crowded, small silvery green that ripen to red. Autumn foliage is pale yellow in colour.


They are fully to frost hardy, most evergreen species will thrive in sun or shade, but those with silver leaves and deciduous species will prefer full sun. They will also need fertile, well drained soil. Trim hedges in late summer.

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and small, usually very fragrant flowers, often followed by ornamental fruits. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

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