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Elaeagnus macrophylla (Russian Olive, Silverberry)

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Plant description

elaeagnus macrophylla silverberry 1

elaeagnus macrophylla russian olive 1

Elaeagnus macrophylla is a super hardy evergreen shrub, great for hedging and screening. Grows to around three metres high and wide, with interestingly marked leaves and bearing cream flowers in autumn. They are fragrant. This is a bulletproof plant that can take salt laden coastal winds, drought, windy blasts and frost. Can be planted in full sun to part shade. Trim regularly if using for a hedge to encourage dense growth. Fertilise in spring.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: autumn

Scent

The flowers are fragrant

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 2.5 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 2.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
The frost tolerance of this plant is not specified.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.

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