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Thorny elaeagnus

Elaeagnus pungens

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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 CharacteristicsNot 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.

CareElaeagnus pungens  thrives in the sun or shade, and in all types of soil.

ProblemsOccurring frequently: cankers, dagger nematode, dieback, rust, fungal leaf spots, and root rot. Can be aggressively weedy.

  • Genus : Elaeagnus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Flower Color : White

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