Elaeagnus Fruitlandii
(Elaeagnus pungens 'Fruitlandii')

  • Type: Evergreen
  • Light: Sun to partial shade
  • Height: 10-15'
  • Spread: 10-15'
  • Flower: Silvery White
  • Bloom: Fall
  • Fruit: Red
  • Fruit Time: Spring

Elaeagnus pungens, commonly called thorny elaeagnus or silverthorn, is native to China and Japan. It is a large, sprawling, durable, broad-leaved evergreen shrub that typically grows to 12-15' tall. Young branchlets are covered with brown scales. Small, bell-shaped, creamy white flowers bloom in clusters in late fall (October-November). Flowers are not particularly showy, but are intensely fragrant (some suggest gardenia-scented). Small, one-seeded, reddish-brown fruits (drupes to 1/2" long) typically ripen in spring (late March-May). Fruits are technically edible, but perhaps best left for the birds.

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