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Scientific Name: Elaeagnus pungens
Pronunciation: ell-ee-AG-nus PUN-jenz
Common Name: thorny elaeagnus, silverthorn
Family Name: Elaeagnaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Key ID Features: Weak thorns on older stems to 2 cm long; variegated cultivars mostly with green margins (unlike E. x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge').
Course(s): not used (on campus)

Habit: Arching, Dense, Spreading, Upright
Form: Mounded, Oval - horizontal
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:3 - 5m
Spread:4 - 5m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Rating: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Landscape Uses: Espalier, Group or mass planting, Reclamation, Screening
Additional Info: Google. Variegated cultivars shown may include E. 'Maculata'.
thorny elaeagnus, silverthorn
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery, Pinnate venation
Surfaces: Lustrous
Colour in Summer: Green, Silver / Grayish, Underside of leaves covered in silver and brown scales. Variegated cvs. are available.
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Oblong, Ovate
Margins: Undulate (wavy)

Inflorescence Type: Flowers clustered
Flower Morphology:Dioecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Corolla Shape:Salverform
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Four petal-like sepals

Fruit Type: Drupe, Achene
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, Accessory tissue, Edible, A drupe-like fruit that is really an achene with swollen accessory tissue derived from the sepals
Bark or Stem Colour:
Additional Info:Young branches coverd in brown scales
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes, Root nodules (N-fixing), Thorns

Pest Susceptibility: Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant
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