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Elaeagnus umbellata

Autumn olive

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMay & September
  • Height2m to 5m
  • Spread2m to 5m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourSilvery white
  • Leaf ColourSilver

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Himalayas, China, Japan

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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Needs

  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, 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

You can propagate the species by seeds in the autumn or evergreen forms by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer, deciduous forms by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to coral spot.

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