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Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’ (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)
Elaeagnus x ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’ (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

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Elaeagnus x ebbingei

Elaeagnaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

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 x ebbingei

This evergreen shrub is more upright (to 10–12 ft. tall and wide) than E. pungens, with thornless branches. Leaves are 2–4 in. long, silvery on both sides when young, later dark green above and silvery beneath. Tiny, fragrant silvery flowers. Red fruit makes good jelly. ‘Gilt Edge’ has striking yellow margins on its leaves.

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