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Elaeagnus pungens

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  • Elaeagnus pungens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Elaeagnus pungens | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsSeptember & September
  • Height2m to 3.5m
  • Spread2m to 6m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourSilvery white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Elaeagnus pungens. The most common species is a frost-hardy, evergreen bush. Has long and prickly, horizontal branches. Oval leaves are glossy dark green above and silvery beneath. In autumn it bears small, fragrant, bell-shaped, silvery white flowers. Will grow to a height of about 3.5m and a spread of about 6m. Among a number of cultivars with variegated foliage are ‘Aurea’, with leaves having a wide irregular margin of golden yellow. Excellent for hedges.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Propagate from seed for deciduous species (which fruit freely) and cuttings for the evergreens.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to coral spot.

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