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Elaeagnus pungens
Elaeagnus pungens

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Elaeagnus pungens

Silverberry
Elaeagnaceae
Evergreen, 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 pungens

This evergreen shrub is native to China and Japan. Has rather rigid, sprawling, angular habit of growth to 10–15 ft. high and wide; can be kept lower and denser by pruning. Even tolerates shearing into a hedge. Grayish green, 1–3-in.-long leaves have wavy edges and brown tinting from rusty dots. Branches are spiny, also covered with rusty dots. Overall color of shrub is olive drab. Oval fruit, 1/2 in. long, red with silver dust. Tough container plant in reflected heat, wind.

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