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Elaeagnus pungens Overview
The most common species is a frost-hardy, evergreen bush. Has long and prickly, horizontal branches. Oval leaves are glossy dark green above and silvery beneath. In autumn it bears small, fragrant, bell-shaped, silvery white flowers. Will grow to a height of about 3.5m and a spread of about 6m. Among a number of cultivars with variegated foliage are 'Aurea', with leaves having a wide irregular margin of golden yellow. Excellent for hedges.
Common problems with Elaeagnus pungens
How to propagate Elaeagnus pungens
Propagate from seed for deciduous species (which fruit freely) and cuttings for the evergreens.
Special features of Elaeagnus pungens
Other uses of Elaeagnus pungens
Hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions.