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Elaeagnus pungens

Common Name(s):
Silverthorn, Thorny elaeagnus
Cultivar(s):
Hosoba-fukurin, Fruitlandii
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought, salt spray and pollution tolerant; fruit attracts birds; tends to sucker; fragrant flowers. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Listed on the Non Native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests,  North Carolina Invasive Plant Council and  the Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth. "Thorny olive can produced dense thickets, displacing native species and restricting human and animal activity."

Height:
10-15 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, shiny, silvery green leaves; 2-4 in. long; ruffled margins; warm light brown underside
Flower:
Fragrant, silvery white flowers in fall; 0.5-0.7 in. fleshy fruit in spring
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types: dry to wet; thinner foliage in shade
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Dense, spreading mound with long, loose, thorny arching branches
Width:
6-10 ft.
Tags:
drought, fall flowers, birds, wildlife, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1539

Eleagnus pungens Eleagnus pungens
Photo by Kahlil, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0