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Variegated silverberry

Elaeagnus pungens 'Maculata'

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This evergreen shrub can light up the dark corners of a garden. It grows quickly, and its branches are arched and somewhat spiny. Bright yellow,  3- to 4-inch-long leaves splashed are outlined in green. The twigs are a metallic copper color, and the undersides of the leaves are specled with a copper color, too. Tiny white flowers appear under the leaves in fall. They are hard to see, but very fragrant. Small orange fruit appear in spring. -Michael Lee, Fine Gardening issue #119

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGreat fragrance, spring fruit. Extremely durable plant.

CareGrow in full sun to full shade in any soil. Once established, it won't need any supplemental water.

PropagationFrom hardwood or softwood cuttings; from seed.

Problems Dieback, rust, root rot, cankers, dagger nematode, fungal leaf spots.

  • Genus : Elaeagnus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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