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Elaeagnus commutata

Silverberry
Elaeagnaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

ELAEAGNUS

All elaeagnus are splendid screen plants. They grow fast when young, becoming dense, full, firm, and tough—and they do it with little upkeep. All tolerate seashore conditions, heat, and wind. Foliage is distinguished in evergreen forms by silvery (sometimes brown) dots that cover leaves, reflecting sunlight to give plants a special sparkle. Deciduous kinds have silvery gray leaves. Small, insignificant, but usually fragrant flowers are followed by decorative fruit, usually red with silvery flecks. Evergreen kinds bloom in fall; in addition to their prime role as screen plants, they are useful as natural espaliers, clipped hedges, or high bank covers.

Elaeagnus commutata

This deciduous shrub is native to Alaska, Rocky Mountains, northern plains of U.S. and Canada. Grows upright to 12 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide, with open form and slender, spineless, red-brown branches that become coated with silvery scales. Oval leaves are silvery gray on both surfaces. Tiny, fragrant spring flowers are followed in early fall by dry, mealy, 1/3-in.-long, oval fruits, also silver coated and a favorite of birds. Plant spreads by suckers to form colonies.

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