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Elaeagnus pungens (Thorny elaeagnus)

Elaeagnus pungens Photo/Illustration: Harrison Flint

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Elaeagnus pungens el-ee-AG-nus PUN-jenz Common Name: Thorny elaeagnus Genus: Elaeagnus
This is a tough evergreen shrub with pendent flowers that provide a delightful gardenia-like perfume during October and November. Brown fruit ripens to red in autumn. Handsome foliage is a lustrous green above, dull and silvery dotted with brown below.
Noteworthy characteristics: Not for the small garden, this aggressive grower is considered a weed by some, and it is impervious to pests, pollution, and salt spray, making it an ideal candidate for hedges, screening, and bank plantings.
Care: Elaeagnus pungens thrives in the sun or shade, and in all types of soil.
Problems: Occurring frequently: cankers, dagger nematode, dieback, rust, fungal leaf spots, and root rot. Can be aggressively weedy.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace Fast Grower;Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Fall
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Hedge, Screening, Trellis
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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