2-3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth rate: Average
- Flowering period: June – July
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual height: 4 – 8m
- Eventual spread: 4 – 8m
Elaeagnus Angustifolia, also known as the ‘Bohemian Oleaster’, is a spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree that is native to Asia and Europe. This plant is known for its striking silver-coloured foliage, fragrant flowers that bloom in the Summer, and yellow fruit that appear in the Autumn.
The history of Elaeagnus Angustifolia dates back to ancient times, where it was used for medicinal purposes by traditional healers in Asia and Europe. The plant was also used as a source of food and as a component in traditional folk medicine. In more recent times, it has been used as an ornamental plant and for erosion control due to its ability to tolerate harsh conditions such as drought and poor soil.
When it comes to caring for this Elaeagnus, it is relatively easy and low-maintenance. It can be planted in full sun and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. It is also tolerant of salty soils, making it a great option for coastal gardens. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and can be grown with little water. Pruning is not necessary, but it can be pruned to shape or size if desired. It does not require regular fertilisation, but can benefit from an application of slow-release fertiliser in the Spring.
Elaeagnus Angustifolia is also known for its resistance to pests and diseases and can withstand temperatures down to -15˚C. With proper care, it will reward you with its striking silver-coloured foliage, fragrant flowers, and yellow berries, making it a great addition to any garden or landscape. It can also be used for hedging or as a specimen plant.